Eleven local high school seniors awarded $32k in scholarships

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BASF Scholarship Recipients

GEISMAR, La. (BRPROUD) – Eleven Louisiana high school seniors are being awarded by BASF with $32,000 in scholarships.

“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 to successfully pursue a university degree in a STEM field.”

Eight of the 11 scholarship recipients are from local Ascension Parish high schools with plans to pursue STEM-related degrees. These students received $1,000 tuition scholarships. Winners include:

  • Rishabh Malani – St. Amant High School; Louisiana State University (mechanical engineering)
  • Carli Sheets – St. Amant High School; Louisiana State University (physics)
  • Jacob Michelli – East Ascension High School; Louisiana Tech University (chemical engineering)
  • Skye Taylor – East Ascension High School, Southern University (mechanical engineering)
  • Joel Walker, Jr. – Donaldsonville High School; Morehouse College (biology/pre-med)
  • Shalin Bell – Donaldsonville High School; Dillard University (biology/pre-med)
  • William Mancuso – Dutchtown High School; Louisiana State University (mechanical engineering)
  • Farrah Dudley – Dutchtown High School; Louisiana State University (civil engineering)

“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 in their future endeavors.”

The corporate scholarship program also recognizes the children of BASF employees and is administered through Scholarship American and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These scholarships have a value worth up to $8,000. Recipients of this scholarship include:

  • Riley Jenkins – Baton Rouge High School; Louisiana State University (environmental science), daughter of BASF Employee Jeremy Jenkins
  • Caroline Badeaux – St. Joseph’s Academy; Louisiana State University (biological engineering), daughter of BASF Employee Timothy Badeaux
  • Caleb Woods – Catholic High School; Xavier University (chemistry/pre-med), son of BASF Employee Jarrad Woods

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