Our Lady of the Lake University has several enrichment programs available for students to broaden their collegiate experience and add more value to their OLLU education.
These programs support students who are committed to academic excellence, to broadening their personal and professional perspectives, and to expanding learning beyond the classroom. In pursuing these programs, students gain the knowledge, skills and experiences that will make them more competitive when applying for graduate school or starting their career after graduation.
The GANAS (Growing A Network for Aspiring Scholars) Scholarship Program awards up to $5,000 per year to low-income, academically talented students with unmet financial need who are majoring in one or more of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Mathematics, Biomathematics or Computer Information Systems and Security.
The purpose of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is to help increase diversity in the STEM workforce by increasing the number of baccalaureate and graduate degrees produced in the nation. This goal is achieved through transformative undergraduate STEM education, programmatic support to increase retention and persistence, and increased participation in research activities.
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program provides encouragement and services to limited-income and first-generation college students, while also increasing the participation from underrepresented minority groups pursuing doctoral study by providing enriching experiences, support and guidance to program participants.
OLLU’s e-portfolio program known as SEEK (Skills, Experience, E-Portfolio Knowledge) helps students build extensive online portfolios to use when creating résumés for job and graduate school applications and interviews.
The TExAS FAST (Texas Experiential Learning and Scholarship program for Food and Agricultural Science Training) Academic Scholarship Program awards up to $5,000 per year to incoming freshman or rising sophomores with unmet financial need who are majoring OR minoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability.
The Honors Program enhances the university experience for undergraduate students by offering opportunities for students to work closely with faculty who are passionate about their subjects and about teaching, to socialize with highly motivated students, and to better prepare themselves for post-baccalaureate studies.
Students can earn undergraduate degrees with dual-language emphasis through the Spanish-English Biliterate Certificate Program. By earning the certificate, students demonstrate proficiency in both languages. The Biliterate Certificate is available with all undergraduate majors.
By redesigning our general education requirements, OLLU has made it easier for our students to double major or double minor easier, faster and at less expense. With proper planning with an adviser, many double majors or double minors can be completed in about four years.
The Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's (ABM) program allows undergraduate students to begin completing requirements for a master's degree during their senior year. By pursuing the accelerated program, students are able to complete a master's degree faster and at less expense than those who choose the traditional track.
The summer tuition grant allows eligible upperclassmen to take up to eight credit hours tuition free during the summer. By utilizing this grant, students are able to stay on track to graduate while taking on less debt.
The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by our graduate school students and their dedication to developing the literature in their fields. Developed by the University of Queensland, 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.