Two engineering students at Southern University each recently received $2,500 scholarships from BASF as part of the company’s education outreach and workforce development efforts.

Khadijah Ahmad and Rayda Lathon were selected based on criteria including maintaining excellent GPAs and being active in campus and community organizations.

Ahmad, of Dayton, Ohio, is a sophomore mechanical engineering major and plays forward and defender on the Southern University soccer team. She is a scholar of the Honors College, Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation and the College of Sciences and Engineering and belongs to the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.

Lathon, of St. Louis, Missouri, is a junior mechanical engineering major who completed a research internship with the NASA at LSU during the summer. She is a scholar of the Honors College, the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council, Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation and the College of Sciences and Engineering, belongs to the National Society of Black Engineers and serves as president of the Southern University Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

BASF has a facility in Geismar.