BASF has awarded scholarships totaling $4,000 to eight Ascension Parish high school graduates who plan to pursue degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“We were impressed not only by these students’ academic records but also by their decisions to pursue challenging courses of study after high school,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar.

Applicants for 2014 BASF Team Chemistry High School Scholarships were asked to write essays describing their interest in STEM-related careers.

Students were selected from four local high schools — Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant — and each received a $500 scholarship to apply toward college tuition.

BASF will recognize the students during a luncheon at the company’s Geismar site in June.

Scholarships were awarded to Michael Favorite and Destiny Musco, Donaldsonville High; Hailey German and Omar Kana, Dutchtown High School; Jessica Landry and Dylan Roth, East Ascension; and Mitchell Mayard and Carlie Melancon, St. Amant.

“We know the importance that higher education plays in helping people build successful careers and lives,” Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol said. “Support and encouragement from a global company and community partner such as BASF play a critical role in giving students a strong head start.”