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April 26, 2005

ULM Wins Scholarship Award Two Years in a Row

For the second year in a row, the Miss Louisiana Scholarship Organization recognized the University of Louisiana at Monroe for offering the largest college scholarship to its university pageant winners.

Directors of the 2005 Miss ULM pageant, Amy Weems and Kathleen Gillan, received the award for this achievement at the Miss Louisiana State meeting earlier this spring. All 30 contestants for the 2005 Miss Louisiana Pageant were in attendance as well as the board members, pageant directors, and production crew for the statewide-televised event. The meeting covered information about operations; production and local pageant directors were recognized for their contribution to the more than $750,000 in scholarships given to the Miss Louisiana organization every year.

The winner of the university's pageant, Miss ULM 2005 Lori Leggitt, received a tuition scholarship valued at $3,200, a private on-campus apartment valued at $7,200, a bookstore award valued at $600, a meal plan for two semesters (sponsored by the Campus Activities Board) valued at $850, and a $4,000 cash award given by the ULM Student Government Association.

Other awards given included a $3,200 tuition scholarship to the 1st runner up, a $1,600 tuition scholarship to the 2nd runner up, and a $1,000 tuition scholarship to the 3rd runner up.

Additional awards to other winners equal a grand total of $23,400; representing the amount ULM awarded its participants in the 2005 Miss ULM Pageant.

"The SGA donated a total of $6000 to the 2005 pageant of which $2,000 was for scholarships and a $4,000 cash award for wardrobe," said Gillan.

She goes on to say, "Participating in the pageant is a great way for our students to win scholarships for their education. We are proud to be able to offer as much prize money as we do- we hope this will encourage more students to participate in years to come."

In addition to winning the great prizes, Miss ULM also goes on to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana. Of the 30 contestants competing for the title of Miss Louisiana 2005, three contestants will not only be representing their local titles, but they will also represent ULM. ULM student Natalie DeMoss is Miss Louisiana Harvest, Lori Leggitt is Miss ULM and Michelle Mayer will be representing the Miss Central Louisiana pageant. Two recent ULM graduates will also be in the pageant, Angela Hillman, Miss Ark-La-Miss Fair and Laurie Payne, Miss City of Roses.

The 2005 Miss Louisiana pageant is scheduled for June 16-18 at the Monroe Civic Center. For more information on sponsorships or tickets for the pageant, contact Mike McMahan (318) 343-1300 or log on to

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