River Parishes Community College Foundation recently announced that 64 students representing 15 parishes – including St. Charles Parish – were awarded a total of $162,875 in scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year.
These scholarships were awarded through the RPCC Foundation, which has a mission to sustain the development of RPCC by attracting philanthropy and engaging in advocacy and strategic partnerships to advance the college and benefit the students it serves.
Business and industry partners, along with philanthropic individuals including the RPCC faculty and staff, fund these scholarships either through endowments or annual giving. Several of the endowed scholarships received matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents.
“We are all so proud of our awardees and hope that their scholarships will make their educational journey just a bit easier,” RPCC Foundation Director Lillie Murphy said. “We are also humbled by the outpouring of support from our partners and donors who not only fund these scholarships but take a personal interest in the awardees’ success and future. It was wonderful to see the students and donors share a meal and talk about mentoring, internships, and even future employment.”
Students and the scholarship donors were recognized in August at the first ever Rougarou Awards Breakfast. Event sponsors included DOW, Ascension Credit Union, East Iberville INC, and Greenfield, LA, BASF, Koch Methanol St. James, CF Industries and Nutrien.
Scholarships awarded to St. Charles Parish natives and residents include:
Louisiana Construction Education Foundation Scholarship for a 2022 high school graduate earning a JumpStart diploma and majoring in a construction field (The Louisiana Board of Regents provided matching funds through the Endowed Two-Year Student Workforce Scholarships Subprogram.): Owen Gardebled, Instrumentation Technology, Destrehan
RPCC CARES Scholarships for a student from each campus exemplifying the RPCC Values – United Way of St. Charles Campus: Jacob Dufrene, Instrumentation Technology, Luling
RUBICON R.E.A.L. (Rubicon Empowering Adult Learners) Scholarship: Ashley Landry, Process Technology, Luling
United Way of St. Charles Scholarship for Residents of St. Charles Parish: Benjamin Spears, Process Technology, Norco
RPCC Foundation Scholarships: Owen Gardebled, Instrumentation Technology, Destrehan
Anyone interested in providing scholarships to RPCC students can contact Lillie Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.rpcc.edu.