LSU has made improvements in its oversight of scholarships awarded by members of the Board of Supervisors but some modifications are still needed, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report issued Monday.
The review is a followup to one issued two years ago.
That study faulted the school for what it called a lack of documentation on how the scholarships were awarded for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
Under new rules, the policy says the aid is awarded at the discretion of board members and is not competitive.
In addition, the scholarships are given on the basis of academic potential, individual achievement and personal circumstances.
“Overall we found that LSU has made improvements logging applications, retaining application documents and reporting scholarship information to the Legislature,” according to Purpera’s audit.
Each member of the Board of Supervisors, and the president, is authorized to award 15 tuition exemption scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.
That number has been trimmed from 18 in the current school year and 20 previously.
The scholarships totaled $1.9 million for the 2014-15 school year.
They averaged $8,395.
Board member Bobby Yarborough of Baton Rouge topped the list that year.
He awarded 19 scholarships totaling $155,329.
One area that still needs attention, the report says, is for LSU to keep tabs on scholarships to ensure they are available.
Two of 10 checked in 2014 were not awarded to any students.
School officials said at the time that a process would be set up to do annual reviews of those funded by the LSU Alumni Association, LSU Foundation and other gifts.
No such arrangements had been launched as of March, the audit says.
Board scholarships are now logged electronically and retained for at least five years,
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