BASF awards $4,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
BASF recently awarded scholarships totalling $4,000 to eight local high school seniors in Ascension Parish, including Carlie Melancon of St. Amant High School, who plan to pursue degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

GEISMAR – BASF has awarded scholarships totaling $4,000 to eight local high school seniors in Ascension Parish who plan to pursue degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“We were impressed not only by these students’ academic records, but also by their decisions to pursue challenging courses of study after high school,” said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, Louisiana. “We are pleased to reward the hard work and determination of local students, while supporting their career goals. BASF Team Chemistry scholarships are an investment in our community and in the next generation of industry professionals.”

To emphasize the importance of STEM skills in the workplace, applicants for 2014 BASF Team Chemistry High School Scholarships were asked to write essays describing their interest in STEM-related careers.

Students were selected from four local high schools — Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant — and each received a $500 scholarship to apply toward college tuition. They plan to major in chemical, mechanical, biomedical and civil engineering, biological sciences and nursing.

BASF will recognize the students during a luncheon at the company’s Geismar site in June.

Listed below are scholarship winners and universities they plan to attend:

•            Donaldsonville High School -

Michael Favorite (Southern University)

Destiny Musco (Nicholls State University)

•            Dutchtown High School -

Hailey German (Louisiana State University)

Omar Kana (Louisiana State University)

•            East Ascension High School -

Jessica Landry (Louisiana Tech University)

Dylan Roth (Louisiana State University)

•            St. Amant High School -

Mitchell Mayard (Louisiana State University)

Carlie Melancon (Louisiana State University).

“We know the importance that higher education plays in helping people build successful careers and lives,” said Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol. “Support and encouragement from a global company and community partner such as BASF play a critical role in giving students a strong head start.”

BASF’s manufacturing presence in Louisiana includes operations in Geismar (the corporation’s largest site in North America), Zachary and Vidalia. BASF employs a workforce of around 2,000 people in Louisiana and invests nearly $300 million in the state through annual payroll, purchases, taxes and charitable contributions. Visit www.basf.us/la for more information about careers.