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Gathering to present $9,000 to the River Parishes Community College Foundation are, from left, Meghann Morin, Rubicon community relations; Bruce Waguespack, RPCC vice chancellor of workforce development; Lillie Murphy, RPCC development; and Jim Carlson, RPCC acting chancellor.

Rubicon LLC has awarded two River Parishes Community College students with a Rubicon REAL scholarship.

The two winners were Wendy Gonday and Shane Mayeaux. These students have proved themselves dedicated to their college career despite having to work full time or nearly full time to support themselves and their families, according to a news release. The REAL awards give back to those who show dedication to continuing their education.

Gonday graduated from Dutchtown High and is pursuing a career in PTEC. Gonday grew up in Cocodrie and was inspired to pursue a career in the petrochemical field after learning about career opportunities from one of the first female operators in the area.

Mayeaux is an Air Force veteran serving as an F-15 mechanic. Mayeaux attended the University of New Orleans but chose to change his career path to the technical side. He is majoring in both PTEC and industrial instrumentation.

“River Parishes Community College and the RPCC Foundation are incredibly proud to have Rubicon as a partner. The Rubicon REAL scholarships are an innovative way to make dreams available to the working adults in our community. Together we are changing lives through education and employment opportunities,” Lillie Murphy, RPCC development.

Rubicon REAL — Rubicon Empowering Adult Learning — awards are given to assist students with educational expenses while working. These scholarships are merit-based and primarily focused on adult learners, typically considered nontraditional, who desire to continue their education.

For information or to apply, visit the RPCC financial aid office.