Parish educator’s college fund still going strong
The Ethel Schoeffner Scholarship fund recently awarded its 104th St. Charles Parish high school graduate with a $500 per semester scholarship for students planning on majoring in education or nursing. The scholarship can be extended for up to five semesters for a grand total of $2,500, according to the St. Charles Parish School Board.
The fund was established in 1989 after Schoeffner left about $190,000 in her will for the sole purpose of helping students reach their academic goals in college while maintaining the rather large cost of higher education.
Scholarship fund board President Stanley Berard said in a recent report that the initial total left by Schoeffner of $189,538 has grown to $226,000 since starting to pay scholarships in 1991. The fund only uses the interest accrued to pay out for scholarships, according to Berard, ensuring that money remains in tact for future students to take advantage of.
A total of 17 scholarships were awarded for the fall 2006 semester, totaling $8,500. Three additional scholarships were awarded for the spring 2007 semester. The most recent recipients were Jesscia Aubert, Cassie Farrell and Keva Washington. Aubert and Farrell are attending Nicholls State while Washington attends Southern in Baton Rouge, Berard said.
The threshold for the fund has been set at $200,000, Berard said, with a minimum goal of granting five new scholarships per year. The amount actually granted depends on student eligibility and how much interest has accrued yearly.
In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled full time at an accredited state college or university with priority given to students attending Louisiana state colleges and universities. Only graduates of Destrehan and Hahnville High are eligible, according to the application that can be obtained at the school board office. Students also must be in at least their second semester of their sophomore year to use the scholarship.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Those who volunteer with the St. Charles United Methodist Church Food Pantry in...
An attempted traffic stop by Louisiana State Police on I-310 turned into a police...
With three regular season games left, Destrehan’s mantra is simple: no matter who...
Resurfacing the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge deck isn’t just a $24.5 million upgrade,...
A New Orleans man accused of kidnapping and raping a Norco woman before allegedly...
The Des Allemands man accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the 2014 Louisiana...
Craig's Barber Shop has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years. We do men, women, and children's haircuts. Come in and enjoy that unique barber shop experience! Walk in and relax a while with Craig, Cheryl, and Angel!
Rare genetic disorder gives Luling child chronic hunger - 3953 views
Luling’s Kelly Robbins was often told her daughter, Kylar, wouldn’t be able to experience the kind of happy life any mother dreams of for her child.