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LaPREP Program Holds 21st Annual Awards Ceremony

July 17, 2012

LaPREP (Louisiana Preparatory Program) will hold its twenty-first Annual Awards Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in the University Center Theater at LSUS. LaPREP recruited 62 participants in 2012, including 31 first-year participants and 31 returning second-year participants. All of the participants have been identified as high-ability students of whom 87% are minorities, 61% are female, and 44% are from low-middle to low income families.

The goal of LaPREP is to identify, encourage and instruct competent middle and early high school students, with special attention to include women and minority students. As a result of the program, these students are more likely to successfully complete a college program, preferably in math, science or engineering. LaPREP charges no fees or tuition of any kind, and the program provides lunches and transportation via SporTran bus passes. In addition to classes in algebraic structures, logic, finance math, technical writing, engineering, and leadership skills, the students enjoy field trips. This year's participants visited the Joe D. Waggoner Lock and Dam, KTBS Channel 3 Television Station, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, AEP/SWEPCO Arsenal Hill Power Plant and Sci-Port Discovery Center. Participants also heard from local engineers, scientists and mathematicians, most of them minority professionals, speaking about careers in their fields. The students also attended a Study Skills Seminar focusing on time management and effective study techniques.

LaPREP has been recognized and awarded locally, regionally and nationally from the Shreveport City Council, the Mathematical Association of America, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foundation. In addition, a documentary was made of the program and shown nationally via the American Broadcasting Company, and Program Director, Dr. Carlos Spaht was recognized as the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation.

No current or former LaPREP graduate has dropped out of high school, and all who have reached college age have enrolled in college. LaPREP graduates are eligible to receive a LaPREP Scholarship to LSUS for entering freshmen in the amount of $500 per semester. This award can continue for four years of college at LSUS and is given in addition to any level of TOPS award that a student receives from the state of Louisiana.

This year's LaPREP program is being underwritten by AEP/SWEPCO, the Grayson Foundation, the Community Foundation, the Women's Philanthropy Network, the Beaird Foundation, the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, the Mathematical Association of America and other private individuals.

More information and applications for LaPREP are available online at


Media Contact: Carlos Spaht, 318.795.4258 (

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