HAMMOND — More than 180 area high school seniors and their guests attended two Southeastern Louisiana University’s Scholars Showcase events Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, where students were offered special academic and housing scholarships.

More than 500 Louisiana students with ACT scores ranging from 24 to 33 were offered guaranteed scholarships. The scholarships, totaling more than $7 million, are four-year awards that are renewed each year depending upon student academic performance.

Those students who resident in Louisiana also qualify for the state’s TOPS awards, which further increases their financial support to attend the university.

At the two events, students and parents toured Southeastern’s housing facilities and visited with faculty representing the university’s colleges and academic offerings.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of your joining the Southeastern family,” said President John L. Crain in his welcome address to the group.

“You are here tonight because you have been successful in high school and because you have great things ahead of you.”

He added, “You are looking for that special place that’s a good fit for you, and we believe that place is Southeastern.”

The guests also heard from Dr. Smitty Smith, a Southeastern graduate who is now a physician completing his residency in family medicine in Bogalusa, and Jacqueline Weimer, a 2012 Southeastern graduate now working as an editorial assistant with Point of Vue Magazine in Houma. Both told of their experiences at Southeastern and encouraged the students to become involved in campus life as a way to fully appreciate the university experience.