Saline High School Graduate Awarded the LSU President’s Alumni Scholarship

Jaxton Bell, a graduate of Saline High School, has been awarded the President’s Alumni Scholarship by LSU. This scholarship is one of the two top merit-based scholarships awarded by LSU. Each year prospective freshmen, with a strong record of high academic achievement, leadership, and service, are nominated for consideration through the admissions process for two of the university’s top merit-based scholarships, the President’s Alumni Scholarship and The Stamps Scholarship. The Office of Enrollment Management, in consultation with the Ogden Honors College, considered applications and selected students to advance to the scholarship competition.

Out of 3,600 applicants, Jaxton was selected as one of the top 50 to continue in the competition and interview process during the Scholar’s Weekend on the LSU campus. During this weekend, the scholars were honored by Ogden Honors College with a welcome reception, a scholar’s breakfast, a personalized campus tour, lunch at The University Club in Tiger Stadium, and a banquet at the LOD Cook Alumni Center. The candidates were given the opportunity to meet and talk to current scholars and faculty in their prospective departments. The candidates were interviewed individually by faculty members and current scholars.

The President’s Alumni Scholarship, one of the top merit-based scholarships on campus, is funded through the LSU Alumni Association from an endowment made in memory of Ola and Ruth Cain by Gordon A. Cain and Mary H. Cain. This award includes: Full cost of attendance for four years (covers tuition, fees, room & board, books, supplies, etc.), $2,000 study abroad stipend, and the opportunity to earn up to an additional $1,550 per year by participating in the President’s Future Leaders in Research Program.

Jaxton is the 18 year old son of Paula and Jim Martin of Arcadia and Brian Bell of Saline. He was co-Valedictorian of his senior class. He maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career, which included earning a Certificate of General Studies from BPCC. He has been honored as the Saline High School Student of the Year and Mr. Saline High School. His participation in the Bayou North AHEC program solidified his desire to pursue a medical career. This summer, he will be attending the national FBLA convention in Chicago, Illinois competing in Healthcare Administration. He scored a 35 on his ACT and received offers from universities across the United States, but he knew that he wanted to attend LSU. At LSU, he will major in Biological Sciences with a pre-med concentration.

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