RUSTON — G. Scott and Ashlea Hill, of Ruston, have made a $100,000 gift to benefit Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business. Funds will support current and future programming within the College and technology enhancements in Ray’s Trading Room.
“Scott and Ashlea have generously given their time, talents, and support to advance Louisiana Tech University, and I am grateful for their friendship and commitment to Tech,” said Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech president. “I look forward to seeing Caroline and Collin’s future achievements in their own communities and careers.”
“Scott and Ashlea are dedicated members of the Louisiana Tech and College of Business family,” said Dr. Chris Martin, dean of the College of Business. “I am honored that they have chosen to support the College with their time and talents—and now this generous gift. We’re grateful for the impact they are making on our students and faculty.”
Scott serves as president of RelaDyne Reliability Services and is the former co-owner of Hill Oil Company and Petro Clean Solutions, Inc. He received a BS in finance from Louisiana Tech in 1991, and is member of the Louisiana Tech University Foundation Board, College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, and Student Managed Investment Fund Advisory Board. Ashlea is family nurse practitioner and owner of the Diabetes Care Center of Louisiana. Their daughter, Caroline, is a 2021 graduate, and son, Collin, is a current student in the College of Business.
“We are excited to support Dr. Chris Martin’s vision of incorporating technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship throughout the curriculum,” said Scott. “It is an honor to provide students with the tools they need to become the next great generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders and play a part in keeping the College of Business and Louisiana Tech at the forefront of higher education.”
In addition to supporting innovative programming throughout the College, the Hills’ gift will ensure students continue to have access to the technology needed to successfully participate in the Student Managed Investment Fund, one of the College’s signature hands-on experience. Members of the Student Managed Investment Fund utilize Ray’s Trading Room, a state-of-the-art trading environment that serves as a focal point for the College of Business and functions as both a classroom and laboratory. Outfitted with exclusive access to the same tools and software used on Wall Street, Ray’s Trading Room has the applicable technology, devices, and software that allow students to be locked into real life simulations—making trades and performing research in real-time on companies and markets from around the world.