Posted: Sep 20, 2013 11:05 AM by PRESS RELEASE
Scholarships, no matter the amount, can have tremendous impacts on the lives of students. The money can help students pay for books and supplies, or it could cover a year's tuition.
South Louisiana Community College recognized its scholarship recipients and its donors who gave so generously to SLCC's Foundation over the past year during a reception yesterday afternoon.
"Not only are you impacting these students' lives, you are helping to create nurses, welders, and cosmetologists for our communities," said SLCC Chancellor Dr. Natalie Harder to donors.
More than $40,000 in scholarships and stipends was given to 34 students this semester. That's a record for the Foundation.
"Saying ‘thank you' to our donors and ‘congratulations' to our students didn't seem like enough," said Dr. Jennifer Jackson, executive director of SLCC's Foundation, about the reception. "We wanted to have the donors and students together to recognize and thank them together."
One donor and one long-time Foundation board member surprised Jackson with donations at the reception. A representative from Louisiana Physicians Corporation presented $500 to Foundation for the continuance of the Melissa Leger Scholarship. Leger's former coworkers at Louisiana Physicians Corporation raised the money by collecting $1 to wear jeans on Fridays.
"This is our way of recognizing our team member who died very suddenly," said Louise Ganucheau with Louisiana Physicians Corporation.
Eric Robicheaux, who has been a board member for many years, and his wife Gail, were moved by the students' testimony at the event. They've committed to an annual full scholarship for the next five years.
"We were there to celebrate the occasion, but as we met with students and heard how much these scholarships were helping them, we were moved to make this commitment," he said.
Two of the largest donations came from The Glenn Armentor Law Corporation, and KATC TV 3 and Home Furniture.
Through the generosity of Armentor, seven students were awarded financial assistance with the SLCC Glenn Armentor Pay-It-Forward Scholarship of Excellence. Together these scholarships total $10,000 to pay tuition at any SLCC campus in Acadiana. Students receiving the Pay-It-Forward Scholarship of Excellence include Betty Andrews-Hall, Charlotte LaVergne, Detra Mallery, Elizabeth Babin, Kyle Hodges, Tiffany Caruthers, and Tiffany Daigle.
KATC TV 3 and Home Furniture teamed up 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 Rachel Aloia, Samantha Lamonte, Grant Lanclos, and Peaches Reynold.
Other scholarships and recipients include:
• The Acadian Campus Non-Endowed Scholarship, Martika
• C.L. Jack Stelly & Associates Books and Supplies Scholarship, Rachel Wardroup.
• Donna Bertsch Memorial Books and Supplies Scholarship, Derien Pacetti.
• Elder Outreach Scholarships, Angela Hardy and Michelle Cossey.
• The Evangeline Campus Non-Endowed Scholarship, India Demouchet.
• Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino Books and Supplies Scholarship, Abigail Cook.
• Follett's Bookstore, Andre Dupuis, Annabelle Nero, Destiny Theriot, LaTonya Stacy, and Tyler Stephens.
• Grainger Tech, Reynauldo Sonnier and Shance Alexander.
• The Gulf Area Campus Non-Endowed Scholarship, Michelle Stevens.
• iConvergence Non-Endowed Scholarship, Mandel Livings.
• Johnston Street Java Non-Endowed Scholarship, Betty Andrews-Hall.
• Joyce Coreil Books and Supplies Scholarship, Chelsea Henry.
• Kiwanis Club of Opelousas Books and Supplies Scholarship, Dominique Sanders.
• Lafayette Parish Association of Career & Technical Educators Non-Endowed Scholarship, James Breaux.
• The Melissa Leger Scholarship, Shamikka Townsend.
• Popeyes Scholarship, Yolanda Johnnie.
• St. Landry Parish Economic Industrial Development District Non-Endowed Scholarship, Sarah Fuselier.
• St. Landry Parish Medical Books and Supplies Scholarship, Dominque Sanders.
• Washington State Bank Non-Endowed Scholarship, Crystal Corp.