BASF awards $24,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors


GEISMAR, La. (BRPROUD) — Ten high school seniors in the state were awarded $24,000 in scholarships through the BASF local and corporate scholarship programs.

“These scholarships are part of BASF’s continued commitment to supporting a future of strong, diverse local talent by fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and related careers,” said Jerry Lebold, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s Geismar site. “Each of these students has demonstrated exceptional academic performance and proven they have what it takes to successfully pursue a university degree in a STEM field.”

Video from scholarship recipient provided by BASF

BASF has given out over 100 scholarships to local students since 1998.

BASF says, “the scholarship program is open to high school seniors attending Ascension Parish Public Schools.”

In 2020, eight students from Ascension Parish who are interested in STEM degrees were awarded $1,000 for college tuition.

The scholarship winners are listed below:

  • Matthew Norris – St. Amant High School; Texas A&M (civil engineering)
  • Casey Laviolette – St. Amant High School; Nicholls State University (engineering)
  • Alexander Templet – East Ascension High School; Louisiana State University (computer engineering)
  • Madelyn Hathcock – East Ascension High School; Louisiana State University (mechanical engineering)
  • Antonio Buchanan – Donaldsonville High School; Dillard University (engineering)
  • Laura Guterrez – Donaldsonville High School; Southern University (mechanical engineering)
  • Ryan Regan – Dutchtown High School; Texas A&M (electrical engineering)
  • Elizabeth Bourgeois – Dutchtown High School; University of Louisiana, Lafayette (biology)
Video from scholarship recipient provided by BASF

“Ascension Public Schools is blessed to have outstanding community partners like BASF that provide opportunities for our students through scholarships, internships and continuing education,” said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. “Congratulations to these eight young men and women who are furthering their education in high-need STEM fields. We look forward to the contributions they will provide their community and perhaps even the world in the years ahead. We are proud of each of you!”

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