2016-17 Application Information
AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE ACHIEVEMENT INITIATIVE
The Southern University and A & M College System established the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement (CUSA) with funding from the State of Louisiana and other sources to build educational leadership among male students from underrepresented backgrounds who will become transformational teachers in the classrooms of New Orleans and beyond. A small cohort of New Orleans area high school graduates is being recruited for the initiative that provides them substantial support and resources to complete their college education at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and to become effective local classroom teachers as well as mentors for their students.
THE HONORÉ CENTER PROGRAM – Meeting the Challenge
The initiative is named after Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré a Southern University alumnus, military hero, and expert on leadership development. Academically qualified students with the motivation to make a difference as educators in their communities are selected as Honoré scholars. They receive year-round campus housing at SUNO in a holistic living & learning environment. Additional support besides housing includes a personal computer, campus meal plans, a monthly stipend plus a $500 textbook voucher per semester for up to five years. After completing the first two years, that support continues but the housing subsidy is provided on a graduated scale based upon academic performance and program participation. Personal counseling, field trips, life skills and tutoring resources are incorporated to help ensure their academic and personal success.
Curricular and co-curricular activities are structured into the living & learning community. Each student signs a contract governing his expectations and the benefits provided to him in exchange for continued success in the program academically and otherwise; along with a promissory note agreeing that a portion of the financial support he receives is considered a non-interest forgivable loan until he fulfils his obligations after completing the program. He pledges to complete an undergraduate degree at SUNO within five years majoring in Education – or in another content area if pre-approved by the program. If allowed to pursue another discipline he is still expected to complete at least (12) credit hours in Elementary or Early Childhood Education courses, then enroll in the SUNO alternate teaching certification program after graduation. All financial support provided by the System is forgiven after the Honoré student completes classroom certification and the two-year teaching requirement at an approved New Orleans-area school.
2017 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- Pell Grant-eligible: student qualifies for annual Pell Grant award.
- ACT Composite score of 22 (desired) however applicants may be considered with lower scores so long as they are still eligible for acceptance into a 4-year college.
- Acceptance into the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO)
- Credible 450-word essay outlining why the applicant should be selected, his reasons for becoming a teacher, and how he will make a difference in the lives of his students.
- Recommendation letters (2) from an educator, community leader, school counselor and/or administrator who can articulate the candidate’s capacity and motivation to become an effective classroom educator and servant leader.
- Videotaped finalist interview to be conducted by the Honoré CUSA selection committee, involving the candidate plus at least one parent or legal guardian.
- Priority application deadline of January 31st (later applications may be considered.)
SEVEN DESIRABLE TRAITS
Candidates accepted into the Honoré CUSA program pledge to support each other, to conduct themselves with honor and to exemplify these seven desirable traits of all Honoré Scholars:
- Servant Leader
LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE
Katrina 10th Anniversary Day of Service: Honoré CUSA cohort members help to clear an abandoned lot in a nearby subdivision as part of a SUNO – Citywide Day of Service on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina 8-29-2015.
NOTE: Candidates for the Honoré Center program must also apply for regular college admission in person or online at www.SUNO.edu for college eligibility verification, plus they must have FAFSA information sent to Southern University at New Orleans. All candidates are expected to be accepted for SUNO admission.