Lamar State College-Port Arthur is accepting applications for the
Gayle Sims Memorial Scholarships, which honor the former Lamar-Port Arthur
office technology instructor who died of cancer at an early age in
Sims joined the Lamar State-PA faculty in 1976 and was the coordinator
of the Office Occupations Program.
The Sims scholarship program was established 19 years ago. The
scholarships provide enough money to pay for all tuition and fees for new
students taking 12 credit hours of academic or technical courses.
Students of any age may apply as long as they have not previously
attended a college or university.  Applicants for the scholarship must
agree to enroll in at least 12 credit hours of classes. The deadline for
applications is April 1.
The criteria for judging includes an applicant’s grades, work
experience and/or service in the U.S. armed forces, SAT and/or ACT scores and
recommendations from teachers and employers. Applicants also are
evaluated on the basis of an interview with the committee members.
A committee of faculty and staff members will conduct personal
interviews with each applicant. The committee determines how many scholarships
will be awarded on the basis of how much money is available and the
number of qualified applicants. The winners will be announced no later
than June 1.
For information on the scholarship, call David Sorrells, chair of the
scholarship committee, at 984-6416. Information also is available from
Patricia Guidry in the Admission Advising Office at 984-6184.