BASF awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four LSU engineering majors as part of the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund.
“We appreciate LSU and the School of Engineering for their continued leadership in preparing the next generation of engineers and scientists,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar. “We congratulate the students who earned BASF scholarships by excelling in their studies and being leaders on campus and in the community.”
Each student received a $2,500 scholarship from BASF. Recipients maintain high grade-point averages and are active in campus and community organizations, a news release said.
Jarrett Logan, a junior majoring in civil engineering. A native of Zachary, he is member of the 1st/244th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the Louisiana Army National Guard and an LSU Army ROTC cadet.
Tyler Parker, a junior majoring in electrical engineering. He maintains a 3.8 GPA while working and participating in extracurricular clubs, including the National Collegiate Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Parker is from Baton Rouge and attended St. Michael the Archangel High School. He plans to graduate in May, 2017.
Matthew Skapura, a junior majoring in chemical engineering. He maintains a 4.0 GPA while participating in Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and working as a College of Engineering research assistant under the direction of professors Judy Wornat and Dr. Nimesh Poddar.
Rebecca Werner, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. She is involved in five campus organizations: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and Society of Peer Mentors. Last summer she interned at GE Oil & Gas in Houston.
In addition to scholarships, this year BASF donated $1 million to establish the BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory as part of the engineering expansion project for LSU’s College of Engineering, and $100,000 to support construction of the new LSU Olinde Career Center.
“BASF remains a strong corporate partner and employer for LSU’s College of Engineering and its students,” said Rick Koubek, Ph.D., dean of LSU’s College of Engineering. “In addition to sponsoring the BASF Sustainable Living Lab which promotes renewable focused research, their support of scholarships, student organizations and design projects exhibits their commitment to cultivating and growing the engineering workforce of tomorrow.”