Summer Scholars at LSU honored _lowres

Photo provided by Jacquelyn Craddock -- LSU University College's annual Celebration of Excellence banquet gave 15 book awards and two special recognition honors to 37 Summer Scholars recently. Two of the program's graduates are from Zachary, Rhashan Brazelton and John Le.

At LSU University College’s annual Celebration of Excellence banquet, 15 book awards and two special recognition honors were bestowed to 37 Summer Scholars.

Students were rewarded for their academic achievements and as graduates of the eight-week summer bridge program that prepares selected high-achieving minority students in making a successful transition from high school to the university.

The experience offers students the opportunity during the summer semester, prior to their college freshman year, to become adjusted to the academic, personal and social challenges they may encounter while at LSU, a news release said.

Annette L. Yancy, coordinator of Summer Scholars and academic counselor with University College’s Center for Freshman Year, said an aspect of the program is observing the transformation from insecure high school graduate to self-confident college freshman.

University College honored Rhashan Brazelton and John Le, both of Zachary. Le also was honored with the Philip Micah Thomas Book Award.

The remaining 35 Summer Scholars are from Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Franklinton, Gonzales, Kenner, Lacombe, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Madisonville, Monroe, Morganza, New Iberia, New Orleans, Prairieville, Shreveport and Westlake, as well as, Indiana, Georgia and Texas.