Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute holds 57th Annual Scholarship Banquet
MORGAN CITY, La. — Six local high school seniors received $42,000 in college scholarship money Thursday night at the Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute’s 57th Annual Scholarship Banquet at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City.
Twenty-nine local high school senior applicants attended the banquet for a chance to receive six scholarships. The average GPA among those students was a 3.8. Eleven of those students had 4.0 GPAs.
Two $12,000 scholarships and two $4,000 scholarships funded by the Atchafalaya Chapter of API were awarded, in addition to the Ronnie Roussel scholarship worth $6,000 funded by friends of Roussel to honor his memory and provide a deserving student the opportunity to achieve his or her goals, said Herbie Kimble, API scholarship chairman. The St. Mary Industrial Group also awarded its $4,000 scholarship at the banquet.
“We actually began as a program where we gave out a single yearly scholarship,” Kimble said. “More and more state colleges are adopting selective criteria for our area students. As a result of this change, requirements for our scholarships continue to rise,” Kimble said.
Andrew Albritton of Morgan City High School received one of the $12,000 scholarships and Jenah Richard of Berwick High School received the other $12,000 scholarship.
Albritton plans to attend either Tulane University or the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and major in biology.
Richard plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and major in political science and business.
Joshua Glatter of Morgan City High School was awarded one of the two $4,000 API scholarships while Zachary Aucoin of Central Catholic High School received the other $4,000 API scholarship.
Glatter plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe and major in pharmacy.
Aucoin plans to attend Tulane and major in finance.
Caroline Byrne of Central Catholic High School was awarded the $6,000 Ronnie Roussel Scholarship. Byrne plans to attend LSU and major in mass communication.
Patrick Macklin of Berwick High School received the $4,000 SMIG scholarship.
Macklin plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe and major in chemistry.
LSU Interim System President and Chancellor William Jenkins was the keynote speaker at the banquet.
Jenkins told students that they must learn to adapt to the changing world and that the world is depending on them in many ways.
“Technology is going to drive that change,” Jenkins said. In 2012, 30 percent of students who graduated from college took at least one online course through three to four other universities.
Jenkins said he predicts “with confidence” that whatever university the students attend, even if they remain at one university, they will have taken courses at three or four other universities by the time they graduate.
Students first and second semesters are extremely important for their futures, he said. “The consequences of not doing well in the first and second semesters can change one’s career goals overnight,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said corporate America is no longer looking for the individual, brilliant graduate on his own. “They are looking for leaders who can be part of a team.
“If you’re going to work for a major corporation, the best preparation for that is to learn a second or third language,” Jenkins said.
He encouraged the students to get involved in social activities but never at the cost of academic progress during the first two semesters.
Jenkins added that probably a third of the students would work oversees for an extended period of time. His “prayer would be” that they eventually come back home to Louisiana.
All of the scholarships awarded Thursday are paid to the students over eight semesters and students are required to maintain minimum hours and grades.