Outreach/Scholarship Sr. Program Coordinator #495067

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Outreach/Scholarship Sr. Program Coordinator #495067



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Student Financial Aid

Job Summary/Basic Function:

About This Role: Reporting to the Assistant Director of Outreach, the Scholarships and Outreach Sr. Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating communication about scholarship opportunities as well as scholarship and financial aid outreach. This position will assist in the recruitment and retention efforts of presidential scholars, the most prestigious full ride scholarship for Lamar University. The Presidential scholarship has over 150 applications each year, all that need to be interviewed and recruited by a large selection committee. The process needs to be coordinated with multiple units across campus. The Scholarship and Outreach Sr. Program Coordinator will be a resource to financial aid counselors, including veterans, regarding benefits processes. Furthermore, this position will expand a robust marketing and web strategy for the entire office of Scholarships, Financial aid and Veteran Affairs by working directly with the enrollment marketing and creative services office. Position Duties:

  • Work with undergraduate and graduate prospective and current students and their families from diverse backgrounds,
  • Educate students and their families on federal, local and institutional aid programs. Assist students to understand the financial aid process and how to apply for aid and scholarships.
  • Help students understand their financial aid award to support the admissions and retention goals of the campus.
  • Understand financial aid life cycle and appropriate communications to students and actions required by students at each stage.
  • Articulate integration of admissions and financial aid life cycles and clarify differences to prospective and admitted students.
  • Liaison with Enrollment Marketing and Creative Services to create materials and web design for the purpose of outreach and communication.
  • Collaborate with entire office on enhancing and maintaining website in order to better service internal and external customers.
  • Prepare materials for and attend recruiting events to present financial aid and scholarship opportunities to prospective students
  • Attend FAFSA nights at local high schools and community college campuses.
  • Assist external community members who inquire about financial aid programs and aid opportunities.
  • Attend professional workshops/training as needed to maintain knowledge of federal student financial aid programs and scholarship opportunities.
  • Coordinate LU presidential scholarship committee and manage the scholarship and awards process.
  • Set up scholarship application process from interviews to communication.
  • Work closely with the welcome center and admissions staff on perspective student outreach.
  • Track payments for outside scholarships. Monitor scholarship disbursements and balance scholarship fund.
  • Responsible for collecting and rendering decisions on scholarship appeals

Who We Are:

Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.


A comprehensive benefits package is offered that includes:

· Health, dental & vision insurance

· Life insurance

· State of Texas Retirement plans

· Tuition reimbursement for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent

· Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications:

What You’ll Need to Succeed
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in field of choice from regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience working with financial aid, scholarships, veterans’ services or other student support services at a College or University.
  • Ability to work with and counsel diverse students, parents, and community members
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in public speaking and development of presentation materials.
  • Perform work with accuracy, attention to detail and confidentiality.
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing conditions: partner with others to accomplish tasks.
  • Successful experience working within a diverse team.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with computer supported systems.
  • Commitment to exceptional customer service.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.


$40,000 - $46,000

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Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to http://lamar.edu/admissions


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