ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - LSUA staff surprised their first, full-ride Mulder Scholar at Holy Savior Menard High School on Wednesday.
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Over the last month, 60 students applied to win LSUA's Mulder Scholarship. After a multi-step interview process, the university narrowed it down to just five finalists.
Menard senior Kendall Powell is the 2019 recipient of the Howard and Louise Mulder Scholarship. Over her academic career, it will cover tuition, fees, books and room and board.
Finalists wrote a lengthy essay about creating change in the world and interviewed with many LSUA departments.
"Interviews with the chancellor, the committee of seven," said LSUA Foundation Executive Director Melinda Anderson. "Through that whole process, she was clearly our choice."
Although Powell was notified recently, she had no clue LSUA would bring the celebration to Menard.
She said the scholarship lifts a huge weight off of her shoulders.
"It really takes off like all of it," Powell said. "I am really excited because I don't have to worry about that type of stuff. I know that it gets to the point where some people are so worried about that they don't even focus on their school work."
The scholarship will cover about $20,000 each year. Anderson said it is something they plan to continue.
"The endowment is $1.5 million, so the earnings of that will allow us to do a first-time freshmen applicant every year," Anderson said.
Now Powell is free to pursue her dream career.
"I want to be a chemist, or maybe a doctor," Powell said. "I am not really sure yet."