Attracting students from East Texas is really important. We want to do a better job of that. I know the perception for many is that local students can't afford to come to LeTourneau. The reality is that LETU is more affordable than many believe.
To fight this perception, we created our Future of East Texas Grant program to aid the best and brightest young people earn an LETU education and stay here to build their lives and careers.
One key part of economic development is having a strong pool of talented, quality people who make up the workforce. In Longview, we lag behind some other cities that have a higher number of college graduates than we do locally. So anything we can do to keep these bright local students here will add to our potential to grow and prosper here in East Texas. Everyone benefits.
I thanked the golfers and reminded them the goal was not to just hand out diplomas but instead to equip every student with a quality, relevant education. We are doing our part to make a LETU education a good investment for students. US News and World Report ranked us #13 on their list of Great Schools at Great Prices. Payscale ranked us with the #5 in highest return on investment among Texas schools. Money Magazine has also included us among their best colleges. We are working diligently to improve the lives of our students. That's why it was so rewarding to see the community come out and help fund our financial aid programs.