Today we are honored to welcome nearly 100 of the brightest high school students from all over the country to LeTourneau University as they compete for our most prestigious scholarship--the Heritage Scholarship.
The Heritage Scholarship is applied toward tuition costs and is renewable for up to eight semesters, with a value in excess of $96,000. Ten Heritage Scholarship recipients will be selected.
To qualify to attend this invitation-only event, these high school students are required to have scored a 1300 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT exam and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.65. They compete by writing essays and participating in a team-building leadership challenge judged by LETU faculty and staff and former Heritage Scholarship winners.
Very good news: this group is one of the largest in the last 10 years to come to LETU to compete! Not just impressive in size, the group is impressive in quality also: 53 class valedictorians, 10 National Merit Finalists. These students are coming from 27 states, including Alaska, and from nations as far away as Kenya and Japan. The students competing this year plan to major in engineering, aviation, business, the arts and sciences. They will be staying with our students in residence halls all over campus.
The success of this program doesn't happen by accident. It is a campus-wide effort. I especially want to recognize Dr. Steve Condon and the Admissions team of counselors who identified and called each of the "Heritage eligible" students several times to encourage them to visit LETU. Our provost and associate provost have called and sent emails to parents of these bright students. The deans are accompanying the students to tonight's performance of "Riverdance."
I encourage you to give them all a warm LeTourneau welcome. And join me in praying that each and every student God has called to LETU will join us next fall.