It’s time once again for students of all majors to apply for the prestigious and generous David J. Beck Fellowship for 2015. Applications are due by Oct. 1.

Two David J. Beck Fellows will be selected to receive full academic scholarships to LU for 2015, covering all tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board. Additionally, fellows receive up to $10,000 each for summer projects, which may include research, travel, an internship or other activity to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.

Lamar University’s 2014 Beck Fellows, Kollin Kahler of Waco and Keeley Townley-Smith of Lumberton will be taking part in their summer projects representing Lamar University on a global level.

Kahler, an exercise science/pre-med major, plans to study advances in rehabilitative surgery and therapy for sports injuries at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin, Ireland, as his summer project. “I feel like I can learn so much from this. For any future orthopedic surgeon, this would be the best opportunity,” he said.

Townley-Smith, a physics/electrical engineering major, plans to complete an internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., with the atomic spectroscopy group as her summer project. “It’s amazing just to be able to go and do this type of research with scientists of such high caliber,” she said.

Applicants must be full-time Lamar University undergraduates in any major with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher who plan to graduate no earlier than December 2015. Fellows are selected based on the strength of their complete application packet, including proposed summer project, academic record and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed in October.

Application packets are available online at and in the offices of the senior associate provost (Plummer 104), Honors College (Honors Building) or each college dean. For more information, visit or call 409-880-8400.

The David J. Beck Fellowships were made possible by a gift to LU’s Investing in the Future campaign 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.