The LSU Alumni Association’s board of directors held its 26th annual scholars banquet Oct. 23 in the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
Jackie Odom, 17, daughter of Jim and Kelley Odom, of Zachary, was awarded the Owen-Tate flagship scholarship.
Dr. Darrell Tate, a retired radiologist of Lane Regional Medical Center, and the late Dr. Hubert Owen, established the scholarship in 1990.
Tate and Paul Owen, who attended the banquet on behalf of his late father, met Jackie and her parents.
“It was a phenomenal event,” Kelley Odom said. “We got to sit with them so they could meet and get to know the person to whom they awarded the scholarship.”
The LSU Alumni Association has several flagship scholarships that are funded by individual donors, organizations and alumni chapters, each with their own set of requirements, according Jamie Bueche, of the LSU Alumni Association.
Potential recipients of the scholarships must score a 33 or better on the ACT test.
The recipient of the Owen-Tate Scholarship must live in the Baker, Central or Zachary area, according to Bueche.
Jackie Odom graduated in May from Zachary High School, where she was an AP scholar.
The LSU freshman scored a 33 on the ACT and is pursuing a double major in English and political science with plans to attend LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Kelley Odom said.
While attending Zachary High, she was a member of the Mock Trial team that won state in 2013 and a member of the Lady Broncos golf team that won state this year.
Resident recipients of flagship scholarships receive $2,500 per year and some nonresidents receive a scholarship valued at $20,500 per year, according to the LSU Alumni Association.
The Tate-Owen scholarship is restricted to resident recipients.
According to the LSU Alumni Association, both resident and nonresident recipients also have the opportunity to earn up to an additional $1,550 by participating in the Chancellor’s student aid program, which provides an opportunity for students to work in one of LSU’s many departments in an on-campus job.