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SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS RECEIVE CLAUSEN SCHOLARSHIPS
– Southeastern Louisiana University education majors Jamie Lynn Breaux
of Rayne and Matthew Chauvin of Reserve are among 11 students who have
been awarded 2005 Clausen Scholarships by the University of Louisiana System
Foundation. From left, are Gale Clausen, wife of the late Thomas Clausen,
former Superintendent of Education; Breaux; ULS President Sally Clausen;
Chauvin; and ULS Board Chair Mike Woods, a member of the ULS Foundation.
SOUTHEASTERN PAIR AMONG 11 CLAUSEN
BATON ROUGE – Two Southeastern
Louisiana University education members are among 11 students at five Louisiana
universities who have been awarded Clausen Scholarships.
Seniors Jamie Lynn Breaux
of Rayne, who is majoring in special and elementary education, and Matthew
Chauvin of Reserve, a middle school education major, were presented the
scholarships and $750 at a meeting of the University of Louisiana System
Board of Supervisors on Dec. 9 in Baton Rouge.
The Clausen Scholarships
program was established in 2002 after the death of Thomas Clausen, who
served as Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education between 1984 and 1988.
The scholarship also honors the memory of Kyle Clausen, Thomas’ son, who
died in 2003. The scholarships are funded through private donations to
the UL System Foundation. They not only provide traditional financial help,
but also offer professional development in areas such as classroom management
and personal assistance in the early, critical years of teaching.
“This multi-faceted scholarship
program offers much more than money. We plan to track the students and
to follow up with pertinent, hands-on assistance in their early years of
teaching. That’s the critical time when nearly half of all teachers leave
the profession,” said Sally Clausen, president of the University of Louisiana
“Our universities guarantee
the teachers they produce, and these scholarships from the system level
help reinforce our pledge of better prepared teachers for Louisiana’s schools,”
Also on Friday, the Rev.
Chris Andrews, chairman of the ULS Foundation, announced that Sugar Woods
of Shreveport, mother of ULS Board Chairman Mike Woods, has donated $10,000
to help fund future Clausen scholarships.
“Mrs. Woods was very impressed
with the program and the quality of the students, and she wanted to help
the foundation and the scholarship program,” said Andrews.
The 11 winners were selected
by a panel of judges from among 32 applicants, based on their applications,
letters of recommendation and essays about the importance of teaching.
As a group, the winners have a grade point average of 3.7 and are involved
in an array of university and community service activities. Each student,
also, has completed at least 45 hours of college credit.
Additional 2005 scholarship
recipients are Shoyla Bryant of Plain Dealing, Grambling State University;
Ericka Knight of Schriever, Nicholls State University; Susanne Jones of
Natchitoches and Joby Richard of Creole, Northwestern State University;
Vangie Davidson of Kaplan, Jenna Lachney of Mansura, Jamie Oplt of Lafayette,
Amanda Shackelford of New Iberia, and Annemarie Wikstrom of Broussard,
University of Louisiana-Lafayette.