Aug 15, 2014 11:16 AM
More than $80,000 in scholarships was awarded to more than two dozen students at South Louisiana Community College for the current academic year.
Through the generosity of companies and individuals in Acadiana, these students will have a portion or nearly all of their education for the fall and spring semesters paid.
Some of the area donors who provided scholarships included Elder Outreach, Home Furniture, KATC TV-3, Popeyes, and C. L. Jack Stelly & Associates. Several families and businesses across Acadiana also celebrated the lives and legacies of deceased family members or co-workers by establishing memorial scholarships in their names.
"The impact of these scholarships on our students is immeasurable," said Dr. Natalie Harder, SLCC chancellor. "By easing the financial pressures of college, our donors are helping to drive our students to continue their educational pursuits."
The largest donation came from KATC TV 3 and Home Furniture. The two companies teamed up for the second consecutive year to give $24,000 in scholarships to four SLCC students. Both freshmen and returning students could qualify for the scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship include Christian Nichole Veronie, Abby McRee, Haley Castille, and Anne Catherine LeBlanc.
Other scholarships and recipients include:
• American Legion Hospital Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship, Ruby Ann Chiasson
• C. L. Jack Stelly & Associates Scholarship, Rachel La Pearl Waldroup
• Charles Keith Hill Memorial EMS Scholarship, Kelsey Adalaide Dulworth and Kyle Steven Dupre
• Elder Outreach Eastridge Nursing and Rehabilitation and Pelican Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation Scholarship, Angela Francis Hendriks
• Elder Outreach Southwind Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Encore Health and Rehabilitation Scholarship, Trish Evon Fontenot
• Follett's Bookstore Scholarship, Andrea Imani Bradley, Benika Jade Boast, Scott Sorensen, and Tanesha Monique Brooks
• iConvergence Scholarship, Marcus Raymond
• John Chance Land Surveys, Inc Scholarship, Rachel La Pearl Waldroup
• Johnston Street Java Scholarship, Benika Jade Boast
• Lt. Dronet Detachment Marine Corps League and Gulf Coast Bank Scholarship, Tyler Neil Trahan
• Melissa Leger Memorial Scholarship, Jody Wild Demarcay
• Mia Trahan Memorial Scholarship, Nicole Zaunbrecher
• Never Too Late Scholarship, Christian Nichole Veronie
• Opelousas Kiwanis Club Scholarship, Morgan Collins
• Popeyes Scholarship, Andrea Imani Bradley and Scott Sorensen
• Ronald Stokes Memorial Scholarship, Michelle Cossey and Ashlee Brooke Myers
• St. Landry Economic Development Scholarship, Dorothy Marie Jackson
The Grainger Foundation also contributed $20,000 toward the establishment of an apprenticeship program for the college's air conditioning and refrigeration programs in Lafayette and New Iberia and its welding program in New Iberia. The apprenticeship program begins this fall, and 12 students will be admitted each semester.
"The concept for this initiative emerged from a desire to partner with employers in Acadiana to develop and apply the most current industry standards to SLCC's training programs and to increase the overall quality of SLCC graduates going into the workforce," stated Harder.
Scholarship applications for each academic year are available beginning in March. At that time, current students and first-time freshman interested in applying for scholarships should visit SLCC's website at www.solacc.edu and click on Student Scholarships under Quick Links.