Outstanding Lamar University undergraduates may now apply for the university’s most prestigious student awards, the David J. Beck Fellowships. Applications for this new fellowship will be accepted through October 1. The inaugural Beck Fellow will be named in November.

      Beck Fellows will receive full academic scholarships to Lamar University covering all tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board. Additionally, fellows will receive up to $10,000 each for summer projects, which may include research, travel, an internship or some other pursuit to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.

      The David J. Beck Fellowships were made possible by a $1 million gift from distinguished alumnus David J. Beck. A former regent of the Lamar University System, Beck is a founding partner in a premier Houston law firm, Beck Redden & Secrest. A Port Arthur native, he credits Lamar University with giving him the opportunity to attend college and gain a foundation for future success.

      “Such fellowships set Lamar apart and provide extraordinary opportunities for our young men and women,” said Kevin Smith, senior associate provost. “Being a David J. Beck Fellow will enhance their applications to graduate school and employment, and we are thrilled that our students will have this outstanding opportunity.”

      Applicants must be full-time Lamar University undergraduates in any major with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Fellows will be selected based on their complete application packet, including proposed summer project, academic record and financial need.

      Application packets are available in the offices of the senior associate provost (Plummer 104), Honors Program (Honors Building) or each college dean. For more information, visit lamar.edu/beckfellowships or call (409) 880-8400.