DeQuincy High School Senior Ian Trahan recently received the prestigious Homer Hitt Scholarship from the University of New Orleans.
The Homer Hitt Scholarship is the top award given at the University. Only 20 of the more than 1,500 incoming freshmen are awarded this scholarship each year. To qualify, students must graduate high school with a 3.5 GPA or higher and a 30 or above on the ACT. Qualifying students must then participate in a competitive interview process that determines the final recipients. The Homer Hitt Scholarship provides recipients with tuition, residence, meal plan, and a book stipend for four years.
Trahan is a member of the DeQuincy High School Marching Band and Jazz Band, National Honor Society, BETA club, library club, quizbowl team, and basketball team. He is also a member of the Jazz in the Arts Internship Band, an after school program that teaches high school students college level jazz music performance. Trahan also received a scholarship to attend a five-week summer course in music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, two summers in a row. Additionally, he participated in the McNeese College Prep Program where he was a member of the McNeese Jazz Band and earned 42 hours of college credit while completing his senior year of high school. He maintained a 4.0 grade point average and earned an ACT English score of 35 out of 36 and an ACT reading score of 34 out of 36.
Trahan plans to attend the University of New Orleans in the fall and double major in jazz studies and musical performance. He is the son of Adri and Robert LeBlanc of DeQuincy and Josh Trahan of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the grandson of Jesse and Myrna Menard and the late Dale and the late Linda Trahan, all of Vinton.