University description (as per official university website)
John W. Gates of New York City, one of the founders of Texaco, established Port Arthur Business College in 1909, to train people for the petrochemical industry, then in its infancy. The college became Port Arthur Collegiate Institute in 1911, when the school was presented to the Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal Church North, a forerunner of the present United Methodist Temple. The church operated the growing campus until 1918, when it was turned over to a non-profit Texas corporation. This corporation had no capital stock and was overseen by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. The name of the school was changed back to Port Arthur Business College and finally, in 1932, to Port Arthur College.
On July 31, 1974, another milestone in the school’s history was reached. W. Sam Monroe, president of Port Arthur College and a Lamar University regent, presented his fellow members of the Lamar board a resolution seeking merger of Port Arthur College into Lamar University. The 21 trustees of the school agreed that the merger would be in the best interests of both institutions and their constituencies.
Lamar State College - Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.
Lamar State College-Port Arthur welcomes any student interested in education and personal improvement. As a two-year, lower-division component of the Texas State University System, the Port Arthur campus offers educational opportunity to all citizens through an open-door policy which admits all students who can benefit from post-secondary education. Lamar State College-Port Arthur believes that each individual student is important and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and needs.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and employment is available to a number of qualified students. Information about the types of scholarships available and eligibility requirements can be obtained from the Office of the Admission Advisors. Eligibility criteria and information regarding grants, loans and the college work-study program can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid. Both offices are located in the Student Center, 1600 Procter Street.
When and How to Apply
Lamar State College-Port Arthur requires that all students applying for grants, loans or college work-study employment file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Lamar-Port Arthur Financial Aid Supplement to determine the degree of need. Both applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Since processing requires between four to six weeks, those students planning to meet the April 1 deadline should file their applications by mid-February.
The Student Financial Aid Office will consider the applicant's degree of need before awarding financial aid. Continuing students must also meet academic progress criteria according to standards established by federal regulations for continued eligibility. The amount and type of assistance will be determined by the staff of the Student Financial Aid Office.
Notification of awards will be mailed during late spring and early summer. Lamar-Port Arthur will continue to award aid as long as funds are available. However, the most desirable types of aid are normally expended early. Therefore, students should make every effort to meet the April 1 deadline.
Students applying for scholarships must complete the Application for Scholarship for Lamar State College-Port Arthur that is available in the Office of the Admission Advisor. Applicants who are high school seniors should meet the April 1 deadline to be given first priority. All other scholarship applicants should meet the June 15 deadline for the following academic year.