First and foremost, I feel it is important that you know how I became a Lamar Cardinal and how I got into the Reaud Honors College here at Lamar University. Every year, the university receives applications from students with stellar academic records, service, leadership, and creative endeavors all for what’s known as the Mirabeau Scholarship. There are certain qualifications in order to apply, and there is a process to be followed when applying for the scholarship:
- The student must have at least a 1350 on his or her SAT in order to apply for the scholarship
- The student must submit three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from current teachers, and a letter of interest
- Upon sending in the application, the student is required to meet with members of the scholarship board for an interview
I felt that I met the qualifications in order to apply for this scholarship, and a few weeks after my interview I received a phone call letting me know that I was officially a Mirabeau Scholar and fully committed my next four years to Lamar University. This scholarship valued at $80,000 is the top academic scholarship offered by Lamar. Upon receiving the award, students are offered free housing, tuition, meal plan, and a stipend each year for textbooks or other supplies. However, receiving the scholarship is just the beginning. Mirabeau scholars are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA and enroll in the Reaud Honors College. With this enrollment students are required to receive a set number of honors points and hours in honors courses, as well as participate in extra academic endeavors such as study abroad, undergraduate research, and more. You can view the records of my experiences as a Reaud Honors student here.
The Music Program
In order to receive acceptance into the vocal program at Mary Morgan Moore School of Music at Lamar University, the student applying must perform a piece in English and a foreign language (French, Italian, or German). Lamar University offers many different paths for students interested in the musical aspect of the Fine Arts, including routes in both education and performance. Both performance and education, music majors are exposed to performance opportunities with recitals, studio classes, and special performance ensembles. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Education, and later a doctorate in Voice.