LSU Summer Scholars

2020 LSU Summer Scholars Update:

Our nation and world have experienced a remarkable time as concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to evolve each moment. We empathize with families who have directly been impacted, whether through illness, quarantine, or disruption of everyday life. When considering how the coronavirus pandemic would impact or summer program, our main focus was the safety and well-being of our potential cohort members. On April 1, Louisiana State University announced the decision to move Summer Sessions and Summer Intersession to an online format due to the coronavirus outbreak throughout the U.S. and Louisiana. We revisited our 2020 Summer Scholars Program planning efforts to consider a Fall 2020 cohort, and realized a Fall cohort would deviate from our program’s purpose and structure, which is a nine-week summer bridge program that prepares selected under-represented students to make a successful transition from high school to the University. It is with great regret that University College will be unable to admit the Summer Scholars’ class of 2020.

This decision was not made lightly. We consulted with our leadership, Summer Scholar Alumni, and other campus programs before finalizing our decision. The Summer Scholars Program has earned a reputation of excellence for its commitment to the intellectual development of its students since its inception in 1991. For many of us, the 2020 year will be forever ingrained in our memory for many different reasons. For us, 2020 will be the year of social distancing; the year we didn’t have a 2020 cohort. “Once a Scholar, ALWAYS a scholar” is a statement Summer Scholar Alumni embrace and it pains us to know that we will not be able to welcome 2020 Summer Scholars participants into this rich legacy this year. Nonetheless, as we look forward, we are hopeful and excited to celebrate thirty years on our beautiful campus in 2021.

We would like to sincerely thank our donors and supporting partners: Chevron Corporation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), and our esteemed Summer Scholar Alumni.

Additionally, we would like to thank all of our applicants for expressing interest in the Summer Scholars Program. We are honored to have been placed on your list of opportunities for this summer and appreciate the time you spent creating a thoughtful application for our consideration. Ultimately, we wish you great success in your future endeavors at Louisiana State University.

Kindest regards,

Ashley Granger, LCSW-BACS
University College Center for Freshman Year
Louisiana State University 
150 Allen Hall, Baton Rouge, LA  70803
office 225-578-7465 | fax 225-578-5762



“Summer Scholars helps students pursue their dream of coming to LSU. The program has Tiger Exploration talks where various speakers share with us specifics of their industry and resources to help us in our lives at the university. The program provides me the opportunity to get one step ahead of the game."
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Students selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Program must:
  • Be a member of an under-represented minority group
    • African American
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Asian American
    • Native American/Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
    • Two or more races, when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories in this list.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Be admitted to LSU for the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester terms as a first-year freshman
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Must have a minimum 24 ACT score or equivalent  SAT score
  • Be available to attend the Summer Scholars Program for the entire nine-week summer session: June 2 - July 31, 2020
  • Be available to attend ALL classes during the LSU Summer term: June 8 - July 31, 2020
  • Plan to continue enrollment and graduate from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
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