By Harriette Palmer, ADVANCE associate director
The Louisiana Scholars’ College (LSC) at Northwestern State University hosted a recruiting event for participants of NSU’s ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars who are rising 10th – 12th grade students. ADVANCE is a three-week residential program that offers a challenging and rewarding curriculum for academically motivated middle and high school students. Students enroll in one course for three weeks of intense and demanding study and cover an entire year’s worth of school material. Courses have approximately 15 students creating a low student-faculty ratio and are taught by a talented group of highly qualified Instructor-Teaching Assistant (TA) teams.
While the academic curriculum is central to the ADVANCE experience, the program ensures that students have a fabulous time when they are not in class. The residential staff members offer a wide variety of social and recreational activities to assist in creating lasting friendships and strengthen the ADVANCE community.
ADVANCE students come from many different backgrounds and have a wide variety of opinions and beliefs. Engaging in such diversity is part of the educational experience that the program provides, and ADVANCE encourages students to appreciate the similarities and respect the differences that make each student unique.
The Scholars’ College serves as Louisiana’s selective-admission honors college of the liberal arts and sciences. Its mission is to provide students with a rigorous, customized honors education firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Students may pursue a traditional major or an interdisciplinary concentration in classical studies, fine and performing arts, foreign languages, humanities and social thought, philosophy, politics, and economics or scientific inquiry.
The Scholars’ College offers small classes, a close-knit community, and supportive faculty who are committed to student success. Most classes are seminars in which ideas are exchanged in an open and supportive environment. There are also opportunities for internships, undergraduate research and study abroad.
Applying to college, qualifying scores and scholarship opportunities and deadlines were discussed with ADVANCE students.
Pictured: ADVANCE students who participated in a recruiting event hosted by the Louisiana Scholars’ College at NSU were, front row from left, Nicholas Head, Jonathan Dequeant, James Lee, Sree Karnati, Lane Dominguez, Abbi Boyd, Destiny Brown and Masen Starks. On the second row are Ty Russell, King Nicholas, Mackenzie LaCombe, Talise Beverly, Peyton DeSoto, Cyrus Sorsby, Maddie Smith, Brianna Stephan, Qetuwrah Clay, Kendsi Zabel and Samantha Yeboah. On the back row are Nathan Wiseman, Ahebwa Muhumuza, Donovan Cho, Ethan Elmer, NSU Interim President Dr. Marcus Jones, Maggie Charlet, Elisabeth Miller, LSC Recruiter Forrest Middlebrook, Derrilon Young, Chris Dunn, Leighanna Kain, Celeste Blanchard, Ava Reid, Ava Pham, Anjana Danivas, Camille Kirzner, Remi Swan, Elan Monette and Stephanie Okereke.