7 NTCC students awarded scholarships

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Northshore Technical Community College recognized seven of its standout students Friday with a scholarship presentation at the Sullivan Campus in Bogalusa.

The announcement ceremony for the Sullivan Vocational Foundation scholarships was held in the college’s library, which was packed with foundation and college representatives, the students and their family members and supporters.

Chancellor William Wainwright welcomed attendees to the event and introduced the members of the foundation board. Chair Dorothy Miller provided a brief history of the foundation — established through a sizable contribution from Lucy Robbins — and its efforts in awarding scholarships to students.

Wainwright said continuing the legacy left by Robbins involves the support of and partnership with business and industry within the community. Those companies, he said, are dedicated to the success of the campus’s graduates.

Campus Dean Billy Potter said the college is thankful that Robbins left the donation. Not many schools have the opportunity to award such scholarships, he said.

“We’re very fortunate, then, that she had the vision to leave everything she had to education,” he said.

The scholarships are awarded through a rigorous application process, Wainwright said. Recipients must be in good academic standing. They are also required to submit letters of reference and write a personal statement discussing why education is important to them and detailing their future plans.

Scholarship recipients are awarded $500 for the fall semester and another $500 for the spring semester.

The first scholarship was presented to business office administration student Kabrina Young by Rev. R.L. Palmer, president of the Bogalusa Rotary Club, the sponsor for the award. After graduation from NTCC, Young plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting, become a CPA and open a firm in Bogalusa.

Sponsored by Bogalusa Civic League, the next scholarship was awarded by Shirley Evans to criminal justice student Inez Miller. Upon completion of her associate’s degree in criminal justice, Miller intends to enter the field of law enforcement.

A scholarship sponsored by Moore and Jenkins Insurance was presented to practical nursing student Kelly Thiebaud by Ken Smith, a foundation board member. Thiebaud said she would like to continue her education after completing her studies at NTCC and one day become a registered nurse.

Brandon Wilkins, vice president of Citizens Savings Bank, presented a scholarship sponsored by his company to medical office assistant student Sharon Peters. After earlier graduating with a technical diploma, Peters decided to go back to NTCC and get her associate’s degree, which she expects to complete in May.

The final three scholarships were sponsored by Dr. Rodney F. Kalil and presented by Wainwright. He expressed his appreciation to Kalil for his support, as the doctor’s $3,000 donation allowed the college to give more scholarships than it was previously able.

Those awards went to practical nursing students Crystal Dillon and Consuella Gerald and building technology student Jordan Penton.

Wainwright said he is proud of the seven worthy recipients.

“This group represents the best of Northshore Technical Community College,” he said.