Recent participants in the LSU Summer Scholars program joined representatives of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, or MPC; LSU faculty and staff; and members of the LSU Corporate and Foundation Relations team to celebrate MPC’s latest philanthropic commitment to the university at the LSU Union on Feb. 6, 2017.
MPC has committed $150,000 over the course of three years to fund students majoring in engineering and construction management in LSU University College’s Summer Scholars program. Summer Scholars is an eight-week summer bridge program designed for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented, minority high school graduates who are enrolled at LSU.
“MPC is proud to provide encouragement and opportunities for underrepresented students to pursue their educational and professional goals,” said Rod Nichols, senior vice president, Human Resources and Administrative Services for MPC. “The Summer Scholars program is a proven means to help students prepare and excel during their time at LSU and MPC is excited to be a part of this opportunity.”
Students participate in Summer Scholars during the summer prior to their freshman year at LSU. The program provides a structured environment conducive to building the fundamental skills necessary to enhance the likelihood of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. Summer Scholar participants are able to connect to a family of support and structure that allows them to consistently outperform all other minority and LSU freshman students in rankings, including end of first-year LSU cumulative GPA, second and third year retention, as well as four-year and six-year graduation rates.
“Summer Scholars helps students pursue their dream of coming to LSU,” said Riad Elkhanoufi, chemical engineering major, president, Summer Scholars Class of 2014, and recipient of the Leonard Johnson Book Award. “The program has Tiger Exploration talks where various speakers share with us specifics of their industry and resources to help us in our lives at the university. The program provided me the opportunity to get one step ahead of the game.”
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