As a way to develop a future workforce, the heavy equipment dealership Louisiana CAT has created a $14,000 scholarships for South Louisiana Community College students majoring in diesel-powered equipment technology program or industrial/agricultural maintenance technology.

The funds will be awarded over a three-year period, with the first scholarship awarded for the 2016 spring semester that begins in January. Applications are available at www.solacc.edu under the Scholarships button. The winner will be determined by the college’s Scholarship Committee, comprised of faculty and staff.

Eligible students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and at least 12 credit hours.

“We are pleased to offer these scholarships,” Jason Campbell, director of human resources for Louisiana CAT, said in a news release. “Supporting their continuing education is a win-win for both the students and Louisiana CAT.”

SLCC Foundation Executive Director Lana Fontenot said Louisiana CAT has been a longtime supporter of the college’s students. “They know the key to their continuing success lies within the quality of their employees,” Fontenot said in a news release. “By creating this scholarship, Louisiana CAT is investing in our students and their future workforce. It’s great for our college, our students, and Louisiana CAT.”

SLCC is a comprehensive community college with more than 10,000 students that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville and Ville Platte.

For information about SLCC’s scholarships or to establish a scholarship, contact the SLCC Foundation at (337) 521-9026 or foundation@solacc.edu.