Gonzales, Prairieville students receive scholarships from LSU University College

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
L to R: Joshua Medernach, LSU University College Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship recipient, and Rick Perry, senior vice president of Tiger Athletic Foundation. Photo provided by LSU University College.

BATON ROUGE – LSU University College presented its annual “Celebration of Excellence” Spring Awards program on Thursday, March 12, at The Club at Union Square. University College awarded $74,000 through 64 undergraduate student scholarships, seven LSU faculty teaching awards, two graduate teaching assistant awards and one LSU Advisor of the Year Award.

Three Ascension Parish students were among those receiving scholarships at the event. They include:

·         Joshua Medernach of Gonzales was awarded the LSU University College Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship. A junior majoring in computer science with an overall 3.922 GPA, he is the son of Donald and Sandy Medernach and a graduate of East Ascension High School;

·         Marina Speligene of Gonzales was awarded the LSU University College Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship. A sophomore majoring in biology with an overall 3.75 GPA, she is the daughter of Darren and Monica Speligene and a graduate of East Ascension High School;

·         Briana Garcia of Prairieville was awarded the LSU University College Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship. A freshman undecided major with an overall 4.0 GPA, she is  the daughter of Chad Garcia and Jennifer St. Romain and a graduate of Dutchtown High School.

The Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship is generously provided through the support of the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation. It is awarded to full-time students enrolled in University College having completed a minimum of 15 hours of college level work and earned a 3.25 or higher GPA.

 “Two important components of student retention are the opportunities to reward students for their academic achievements and to recognize outstanding teaching in the classroom. University College is pleased to have generous donors that allow us to offer scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to their college studies,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Our ‘Celebration of Excellence’ ceremony allows us the opportunity to publicly recognize these young scholars.”