Dillard University Press Release
(New Orleans, LA) – In a recent ceremony graduating seniors of Dillard University’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program were met with thunderous applause as they entered the Georges’ Auditorium on the University’s campus. The occasion, akin to that of an athletic signing day, was an opportunity for family and friends of the soon-to-be graduates to join them in celebrating their academic achievements and pending entry into a two- or four-year college/university, the armed forces, or the workforce.
“This is a truly a dream come true,” said Program Director Joy Jamerson in a tearful farewell to students. Jamerson noted that very few things in life bring her more elation than knowing that through the efforts of the Educational Talent Search staff students will be able to further their education beyond high school. Not only will these graduates be furthering their education, but notably, some will do so with little to no debt thanks to over $1 million dollars in scholarships collectively garnered by graduates. Colleges and universities awarding scholarships to ETS students include Dillard University, Tulane University, Grinnell College, Morehouse College, Southern University of New Orleans, Xavier University and Howard University, to name a few.
Keynote speaker for the event was Saints wide-receiver Robert Meachem, who shared words of inspiration to an attentive crowd emphasizing the importance of attending college and making positive life decisions. Meachem, founder of the “Follow Your Dreams Foundation,” also stressed his personal desire to assist students in maintaining good health both physically and mentally as they pursue their academic and professional goals.