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LCTCS, Dillard University announce Blue Pride Transfer Scholarship

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BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and Dillard University (DU) jointly announced the LCTCS/DU Blue Pride Award Scholarship, an annual transfer scholarship worth up to $5,000 for active Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society student members who wish to transfer to DU upon completion of an associate's degree at an LCTCS college.  The scholarship will be a last dollar scholarship to fill the gap between tuition, mandatory fees, and awarded financial aid.  Students who meet the LCTCS/DU Blue Pride Award Scholarship transfer guidelines will be guaranteed admission to DU after completing an application to the college.

"The Dillard University mission is critical to the success of African-American and other minority students," said LCTCS President Monty Sullivan.  This scholarship ensures that our best and brightest will have a seamless on-ramp to Dillard University.  Thanks to Dr. Walter Kimbrough for recognizing the value of transfer students and working with us to provide this tremendous opportunity."  

Last academic year (15-16), the LCTCS had more than 15,800 students transfer to public and private four-year institutions across the country.

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president, Dillard University said, "Two years ago, Dillard University entered into an agreement with the California Community College system to help bring students to the University after earning their associate degree.  The success of that partnership made it an easy decision to build a relationship with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System when the opportunity arose.  Now with the assistance of the DU/LCTCS Blue Pride Award, we're able to provide more dollars that go directly to helping students realize their goal of earning a four-year degree.  We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with LCTCS."  

Students who are PTK graduates may receive the annual scholarship, contingent on the availability of funds, renewable for up to one year upon meeting the following criteria:

Student must have completed an associate degree no earlier than Spring 2017
Student must be active PTK member at the time of graduation
Student must have completed a FASFA
Student must have applied to DU
Student must enroll full-time at DU the semester following their completion of an associate's degree
Student must maintain full-time enrollment (for scholarship renewal) 
Student must be in good academic standing while enrolled at DU (for renewal)

LCTCS and DU are committed to providing more transfer opportunities to those Louisiana citizens who want to pursue a bachelor's degree after completion of an associate degree at an LCTCS college.  The LCTCS and DU seek to remove economic obstacles that prevent students who are active PTK Honor Society members from transferring to DU upon completion of an associate degree. 

The LCTCS/DU Blue Pride Award Scholarship formally recognizes that through increased transfer opportunities, the LCTCS and DU are collaboratively providing more ways than ever before for students to pursue their higher education dreams.  The LCTCS/DU Blue Pride Award Scholarship will assist the LCTCS in quadrupling transfer students, a goal of Our Louisiana 2020, and will assist DU in recruiting exceptional academic students.

The mission of PTK is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

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