NSU students selected as R.F. Lewis Scholars

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Ebenezer Aggrey

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Derrick Varnado

Ebenezer Aggrey of Baton Rouge and Derrick Varnado of Gonzales were named R.F. Lewis Scholars and are part of the first cohort of a new program initiated by the University of Louisiana System intended to enhance the experience of Black male students. The R.F. Lewis Scholars Program recruits Black males and provides scholarships, educational programs, mentoring opportunities and co-curricular experiences for the students selected. Each cohort is comprised of two students chosen from each University of Louisiana System member institution for a total of 18 members each year. Aggrey and Varnado will represent Northwestern

State University in the inaugural cohort. The scholars were announced during the UL System’s Black Male Summit in June. The students are sophomores who, beginning this fall, will participate in the three-year program.

The main focus of the R.F. Lewis Scholars program is learning and academic achievement opportunities, specifically research experiences. Students will be paired with a research mentor to connect classroom theory with a real-world problem and will have the opportunity to present their research at the ULS Academic Summit and other conferences. Other components include a study abroad experience, experience in management, leadership and mentoring and a system-wide service learning project.

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