Educational Pathways International Foundation provides Presidential Scholarships for student engineers

Sara and Leonard LafranceA cohort of exceptional incoming freshmen with an interest in engineering and computer science will have the opportunity to earn the University's prestigious Presidential Scholarship, thanks to a generous gift from the Educational Pathways International Foundation.

Incoming Nevada freshmen who have earned a cumulative 3.50 high school grade-point average and scored at least 31 on their ACT exam are offered a Presidential Scholarship, which awards $5,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study. Recipients of the Educational Pathways International Foundation Presidential Scholarship must also be pursuing a degree in engineering or computer science, with a preference given to students who are the first in their family to attend college, represent a minority group or come from a family with financial need.

"To create an academically rigorous classroom environment, we need to attract students who are excellent scholars and who have an interest in and aptitude for the challenging fields within engineering, regardless of their background or financial situation," says College of Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis. "Presidential Scholarships assure that we can give the best and brightest students a place on our campus, and that raises the academic bar for everyone and promotes the college's pursuit of excellence."

The Educational Pathways International Foundation was established in 2005 by University Foundation Trustee and 2011 Alumna of the Year Sara Lafrance '73 (English) and her husband Leonard Lafrance with the goal of helping communities by providing access to higher education for outstanding young scholars. The organization originally provided Ghanaian university scholarships to students in Ghana, and in 2007 began supporting National Merit Scholars at the University of Nevada, Reno. The new gift will provide funding for six Presidential Scholars over their four-year undergraduate careers.

"We see education, especially in the engineering and computer science fields, as the ultimate pathway to growth and progress," says Sara Lafrance. "Society benefits when students who have worked hard and proven their academic abilities in high school are given the opportunity to excel in the university arena. We want to provide those opportunities."

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To learn more about giving to the College of Engineering, contact Flynn Ginty at (775) 682-7696 or contact Scott Krizman at 775-682-7695.