Officials from Bossier Parish Schools and Northwestern State University signed an agreement on Feb. 6 called “Imagine the Possibilities,” a program that will help Bossier graduates fund their education.
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The agreement went into effect this semester, and NSU will visit the parish twice a year to recruit students.
Students who qualify based on test scores will be able to participate in dual-enrollment courses at NSU and to apply for scholarships based on their major.
According to a school board press release, seven majors – biology, business administration, engineering technology, education, nursing, computer information systems and accounting – are highlighted, but students going into different fields could qualify, too.
“The purpose of highlighting certain majors was not to exclude anyone,” said Jana Lucky, director of recruiting. “It was based entirely on existing scholarships that are available, and a lot of those tend to be in the math- and science-based fields.”
Lucky said this project began two years ago as the “brain child” of DeSoto Parish Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. With ongoing state budget cuts to higher education, Brumley wanted to help lighten the financial burden for students looking to get a college degree.
DeSoto Parish has partnered with NSU ever since; seeing their success, Bossier Parish Schools decided to follow in their footsteps. The two parishes are currently the only ones to have such partnerships with NSU.
“Many universities turn down projects like this, but we look at it as a great recruitment opportunity,” Dean of Students Frances Conine said. “Recruiting new students is always one of the biggest goals we have at NSU, and this is a win-win because it benefits both parties.”