Scholarship pays tribute to BR man’s lifetime of leadership _lowres

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- Jim Broussard, second from right, was honored for his efforts in bringing a Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation endowed scholarship to St. Michael the Archangel High School at the school’s opening Mass on Aug. 25. From left are Assistant Principal Julie Lechich, Advancement Director Josh Galasso, Broussard and Principal Ellen Lee.

Jim Broussard was among 15 people honored for outstanding leadership over the past five decades by the Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation, according to a news release.

In his honor, St. Michael the Archangel High School is the recipient of a $40,000 endowed scholarship, the first endowment established at the school.

Broussard was honored at St. Michael’s opening Mass on Aug. 25, where he was presented with a bronze statue of St. Michael and was applauded by students and faculty.

Broussard is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge who was educated in the Catholic school system, attending St. Anthony, Our Lady of Mercy and Catholic High School. He is married to Inge Schuler Broussard, a native of Weiden, Germany. Broussard retired as the regional vice president of Hertz Corp. in 1999.

Broussard has been a member of the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair since 1971 and also is an at-large member of the American Legion, a supporter of the Baton Rouge post of the VFW and the past president of the Baton Rouge Branch of the Fleet Reserve Association. He volunteers at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson and LaPlace and the homeless veterans shelter in downtown Baton Rouge.

Broussard said he chose St. Michael High School as the recipient of the endowed scholarship because the school is a part of his neighborhood community and he believes in providing young men and women with a quality Catholic education. Due to his civic involvement, Broussard has requested that future recipients of the endowment be involved in the community. Students who qualify for need-based tuition assistance will be eligible to apply.

“We are extremely grateful for Mr. Jim Broussard and his lifelong commitment to service in the community. His dedication to serving others is a prime example to teach our students about the importance of volunteering and serving others in the community,” Advancement Director Josh Galasso said.