Wednesday, May 29, 2024

LSU Shreveport Students Share Inspiring Stories of Scholarship Success

by BIZ Magazine

LSU Shreveport (LSUS) students Vina Perez and Cooper Longino recently took center stage at the LSUS Foundation Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon, sharing their remarkable journeys of overcoming obstacles and achieving academic success with the help of scholarships.

The luncheon, held on Wednesday, served as a platform for Perez and Longino to express their gratitude for the scholarships that have made their college dreams a reality. Perez, set to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, highlighted how scholarships provided her with the precious gift of time, allowing her to focus on her studies and family while juggling multiple responsibilities.

LSUS Senior Jennifer White is among students who say scholarships have changed their lives. A single, working mother, Jennifer is a senior majoring in business administration

“As a mother of 10 children with limited formal education, entering college was a challenging endeavor,” shared Perez. “But scholarships changed the game for me. They enabled me to be a better mother and student, and now my son is following in my footsteps, attending LSUS.”

Similarly, Longino, a first-generation student majoring in English, emphasized the transformative power of scholarships in providing him with the most valuable resource: time. Through scholarships, Longino has been able to excel academically, serve as the captain of the LSUS Debate Team, and inspire potential students as a representative of LSUS Office of Recruitment.

“Scholarships give me the time to pursue my passions and serve as an example for others,” Longino explained. “They show that LSUS cares about its students and their success.”

The luncheon also featured a video message from scholarship recipient Jennifer White, a single mother and full-time worker at an emergency veterinary clinic. White expressed her gratitude for the scholarships that have not only supported her education but also taught her children valuable lessons about perseverance and kindness.

The event, which brings together scholarship recipients and donors annually, underscored LSUS’s commitment to supporting its students’ academic pursuits. This year, LSUS awarded 189 privately funded scholarships totaling over $388,000, benefiting students with an impressive combined grade point average of 3.55.

Laura Perdue, President of the LSUS Foundation, reaffirmed the foundation’s dedication to helping students achieve their academic goals and build successful careers.

“Our mission is to provide students with the resources they need to earn their degrees and unlock a future filled with opportunities,” Perdue stated.

LSUS has seen a significant increase in scholarship applications for the upcoming academic year, signaling a growing awareness of the affordability of higher education. Matthew Culpepper, LSUS Director of Scholarships, attributed this surge to the university’s efforts to reach students with the message that college is attainable.

Dr. Robert Smith, Chancellor of LSUS, expressed gratitude to donors for their unwavering support of higher education, emphasizing how scholarships are transforming lives and making education accessible to all.

With a portfolio of $33 million in privately funded scholarships, the LSUS Foundation continues to play a crucial role in advancing the university’s mission of academic excellence and community engagement.

About LSUS Foundation:
The LSUS Foundation serves as a catalyst for philanthropic support for LSUS programs and initiatives, managing endowed professorships, chairs, and scholarships that benefit students and faculty.

About LSU Shreveport:
Founded in 1967, LSU Shreveport offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering intellectual growth, research, and community collaboration to empower students for success in a global society.

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