BASF awarded $5,000 in scholarships to two engineering students at Southern University in Baton Rouge. This is the fourth year BASF has provided annual scholarships through the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Program to support students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.

BASF awarded $5,000 in scholarships to two engineering students at Southern University in Baton Rouge. This is the fourth year BASF has provided annual scholarships through the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Program to support students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.

“BASF rewards students excelling in STEM-related degree programs at our local colleges and universities because we believe many of these students have the potential to work at BASF in the future," said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, Louisiana. “We appreciate the outstanding work of Southern University to prepare engineering students for successful careers and congratulate the scholarship recipients."

Each student received a $2,500 scholarship from BASF. In addition to maintaining excellent grade-point averages, scholarship recipients are active in campus and community organizations.

Ja'Nae McGee is a junior mechanical engineering major from Missouri City, Texas, and a Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College scholar. She served as an intern with the Department of Defense's Army Research Lab Synthetic Tissue and Technology Center in Orlando, Florida, and gained research experience as a docent for the Department of Defense Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, Louisiana. She also worked as a child development counselor for YMCA in Sugarland, Texas. Ja'Nae is fundraising chair for the Society of Women Engineers and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Epsilon Rho Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon and Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Kaylen Scott of Baton Rouge is a junior electrical engineering major, Dean's List scholar and recipient of the Delores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors Scholarship. His work experience includes internships with ExxonMobil Chemical in Baton Rouge, BASF in Geismar and Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Association of African American Honors Programs and Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council. Kaylen is a sports writer for The Southern Digest student newspaper and is involved in Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Reading Friend Program and Feed the Homeless.

"Congratulations to our BASF scholars whose impressive accomplishments honor Southern University," said Dr. Ray Belton, President-Chancellor of Southern University. "We acknowledge and appreciate BASF’s ongoing support of higher education, its dedication to our community and its commitment to Southern University."

BASF’s manufacturing presence near Southern University includes operations in Geismar, the corporation’s largest site in North America, Zachary and Vidalia. BASF sites in Louisiana employ a workforce of around 2,000 people and invest nearly $300 million in the state through annual payroll, purchases, taxes and charitable contributions.

BASF also awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four engineering students at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. This is the fourth year BASF has provided annual scholarships through the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Program to students as part of the company’s education outreach and workforce development efforts.

"BASF scholarships provide direct financial support to LSU students to help them continue their degree programs and fulfill their dream of becoming engineers," said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, Louisiana. "Through our continued partnership with LSU's College of Engineering, we also promote career opportunities that are available at BASF and provide hands-on learning and mentoring opportunities for students.”

Each student received a $2,500 scholarship from BASF. In addition to maintaining excellent grade-point averages, scholarship recipients are active in campus and community organizations.

Emily Bergeron is a sophomore chemical engineering major from LaPlace, Louisiana, who graduated as salutatorian from St. Charles Catholic High School. She works at the LSU Women's Center and is actively involved in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Nathan Brignac is a junior electrical engineering major from Denham Springs, Louisiana, who graduated from Denham Springs High School. He is an LSU Dean’s List scholar, SELU President’s List scholar and recipient of the Chevron scholarship of electrical engineering. He has worked part-time in the restaurant industry as a certified trainer for servers throughout his college career. When not studying or working, he enjoys playing piano, writing music and more recently helping rebuild his parent’s flood-damaged home.

Seth Collins is a junior mechanical engineering major from Prairieville, Louisiana, who was home-educated throughout high school. He currently works as a student mentor at the Chevron Center for Engineering Education. Seth is an avid musician and plays trombone in the Istrouma Baptist Church orchestra.

Amanda DiVittorio is a sophomore chemical engineering major from New Orleans and a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy. She is actively involved on campus as a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Christ the King Catholic Church. She volunteers at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and as a coach for Bengal Gymnastics.

"BASF has played an integral role in the development of our LSU engineers and in the growth of our college,” said Mary Julia Wornat, Interim Dean of the LSU College of Engineering. “As a result of the company’s continued support, our students have been afforded the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities, and to receive the financial assistance needed to succeed in the classroom – and beyond.”

BASF’s manufacturing presence near LSU includes operations in Geismar, the corporation’s largest site in North America, Zachary and Vidalia. BASF sites in Louisiana employ a workforce of around 2,000 people and invest nearly $300 million in the state through annual payroll, purchases, taxes and charitable contributions.