With plenty of good candidates to consider, choosing just three recipients of $3,000 scholarships to attend Northwestern State University in 2022-23 was quite challenging.
Not all of the applicants came from the Class of 2022, however. One candidate’s record in high school and what she’s done afterward helped her stand out.
Mycah Doyle, 21, earned one of the new Journal Services NSU Scholarships, which are awarding three new Northwestern students up to $3,000 in the next school year. Lakeview High’s Meagan Corley and Ryder Hogan of Red River High, both recent high school graduates, are the other two recipients chosen by the selection panel.
They have received a $1,500 award for use toward fall semester expenses and can receive another $1,500 by remaining eligible for the spring semester.
The scholarships were designed to assist Class of 2022 high school students who hadn’t settled on a college choice, or students currently enrolled at other higher-education institutions who are considering transferring to NSU in Natchitoches.
A 2018 Plainview High School graduate, Doyle had a 3.1 GPA as she began college. After compiling a very solid 2.8 GPA since, she decided to consider transferring to Northwestern and applied for the Journal Services NSU Scholarships announced in early June.
She has been a tutor for fellow students who have struggled. Her tutoring work has continued through the 2021-22 school year and into this summer. At Plainview, she was the videographer for her high school softball team as a senior.
The three scholarship awards are being provided by Journal Services, LLC, based in Natchitoches, which supports 12 locally-owned journals covering north central and northwest Louisiana.
“We are proud to support these three deserving and motivated scholarship winners, and we congratulate them,” said Bill Vance, general manager of Journal Services LLC. “This has been a rewarding experience for us, helping to finalize the college choices of three fine young people who are a good fit for opportunities at Northwestern State University. We are committed to providing more support for new NSU students for the 2023-24 school year.”
Applicants provided their high school GPA (and college GPA if applicable), and also, reported their ACT score along with listing honors, extracurricular activities and other relevant information on the form. That information provided a basis for selecting the three winners.
Scholarship winners must live in Natchitoches Parish during the upcoming school year. They are also required to have in-person, face-to-face instruction for 75 percent of their classes in 2022-23, and to maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive the second half of their awards for the spring semester.