Twenty-five high school seniors competed in the Annual Smith Scholarship Competition at Louisiana Christian University on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Jeri Vigé, from DeQuincy High School, was named the 2024 Smith Scholar. She plans to study biology.
Vigé will receive a four-year full tuition, room and board scholarship.
“We are pleased with the significant response received this year, demonstrated by a major increase in the number of Smith Scholarship participants,” said LCU President Dr. Rick Brewer. “Parents and students region-wide recognize the value of a Christ-centered education that is relevant, relational and rigorous. We look forward to watching these students flourish at Louisiana Christian University in the years ahead.”
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Cheryl Clark said that even being selected to be part of this competition deserves high accolades.
“To participate, each student must have earned 28 or higher on the ACT and submit a portfolio that contains past awards, recognitions, and accomplishments; two letters of recommendation; and an essay explaining the major features of a Christian Liberal Arts education,” she said.
Portfolios are submitted to a panel of faculty judges who serve on the C.S. Lewis Honors Program Council. During the competition, the panel of judges interviews each participant before making their final selection.
All participants are eligible for a variety of academic scholarships based on merit and need.
The Smith Scholarship was founded in the early 1970s by an endowment donation from Tom and Beverly Durham to honor Beverly Durham’s mother, Elizabeth Smith.