Honor society

Landry Seimears of White Oak was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and all-discipline collegiate honor society. Seimears was initiated at Louisiana Tech University.

Seimears is among about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. The top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Tuition assistance

A&M-Commerce recently launched Pride Promise PLUS, a tuition assistance program intended to help remove financial barriers and make a college education accessible to all students. The program pays tuition that is not covered by other forms of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits and waivers.

Pride Promise PLUS is open to freshmen and transfer students with a 3.0 or greater GPA and includes a $100 per year book voucher. A&M-Commerce also offers the Pride Promise program for students with a 2.5 or greater GPA. Pride Promise does not include a yearly book voucher.

Dr. Lee Young, interim vice president of enrollment, said, “The Pride Promise/Pride Promise PLUS programs address the college affordability challenge and enable students to enjoy an exciting, challenging and engaging collegiate experience instead of worrying about tuition bills.” He added that many of our potential students are self-disclosed first-generation and low-income, and they need financial support in order to change their dreams of a college education into reality.

According to Dr. Mark Rudin, president of A&M-Commerce, the Pride Promise programs are one way that A&M-Commerce is working to keep higher education affordable and accessible. “These tuition assistance programs open the door for top-notch scholars to access a quality education,” Rudin stated. “Financial obstacles should not block ambitious students from achieving their goals.”

Dean’s list

Amber Chandler of Gilmer was named to the Dean’s list at Schreiner University in Kerrville. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a full-time student must have passing grades in all courses and must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average and have at least 12 hours credit for the term.