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Lacombe, LA.—Northshore Technical Community College and the Northshore College Enhancement Foundation have again distributed a record number of scholarships to Northshore Technical Community College students for the 2023-2024 academic year. The scholarships support incoming and returning students from each of the college’s campuses in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, Washington, and Livingston Parishes. Scholarship recipients and donors were recognized at the annual Chancellor’s Scholarship events on March 28, 2024.

NTCC Chancellor Jim Carlson, EdD, welcomed guests and thanked the donors who support the scholarships. “From day one, my job as the leader of this college is simple,” stated Carlson, who was selected as NTCC’s second chancellor in October 2023. “We’re going to help get people from where they are to where they need to be, whether that’s getting an associate degree or a forklift certification in half a day. We’re here to help our community and I want you to think of us as the college of the Northshore community.”

Three Endowed Professorship holders were also recognized at the events. Beth Alford, Associate Professor of Mathematics, was recently appointed the Caleb David Page Memorial Endowed Professorship in Mathematics. Randy Savoie, Lead Instructor in Maritime, holds the Weeks Marine Endowed Professorship in Maritime, and Jonathan Brewer, Welding Instructor, holds the Weeks Marine Endowed Professorship in Welding. Carlson thanked the donors for establishing

the professorships, as well as the Louisiana Board of Regents, which has contributed significant matching funds to increase the scholarship and professorship endowments at NTCC.

Carlson congratulated the scholarship recipients, noting that their achievements not only improve their lives, but those of their families and the community as a whole. He closed with the presentation of the Stuart R. Carlson Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which was created in memory of his father. The recipient, Austin Lebo (Mandeville), is a member of the Air National Guard who is studying Practical Nursing.

Scholarships sponsored by Weeks Marine, Inc., for students in Maritime Technology, Electrician, and Welding were presented to Emily Huggins (Slidell), Brantley Glasscock (Mandeville), Armen Hovagimian (Hammond), Kenneth Benedict (Abita Springs), Terrence Williams (Franklinton), and Traeyanna Williams (Hammond). The inaugural Virginia Weeks Memorial Scholarship in Registered Nursing was presented to Kaylee Reed (Pearl River). The Weeks Marine, Inc. Endowed Scholarships were established by generous contributions from Weeks Marine, one of the leading marine construction, dredging, and tunneling firms in North America. Weeks Marine has a history of employing NTCC students and graduates.

Mindy Creel (Slidell) and Jason Moulton (Slidell) were selected to receive the prestigious Edward B. Hands Memorial Scholarship, which provides full tuition for 2 semesters for outstanding students enrolled in Maritime Technology or maritime-related fields of study.

Additional Northshore College Enhancement Foundation scholarships were presented to Alecia McGee (Covington), recipient of the Alphonse “Gator” Abadie Endowed Scholarship, Brooklynne DeForest (Covington), recipient of the Joan King Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Carvell Allen (Slidell) and Tyran Allen (Slidell), Silky Sullivan Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and Rayn Braun (Ponchatoula), Jeremy Gougneau (Covington), and Giovanni Ziegler (Mandeville), Walter G. Bumphus Endowed Scholarship in Information Technology.

The “Gators Give” Scholarships, which are fully funded through Northshore Technical Community College faculty and staff contributions, were awarded to Jeramie Garafola (Kentwood), Jake

Pitre (Hammond), Jenesys Fields (Slidell), Andrea Monteleone (Hammond), Alex Fussell (Franklinton), and Konnor Kennedy (Kentwood).

Tylan Brumfield (Kentwood) received the Northshore Home Builders Association / Louisiana Construction Education Foundation Scholarship in Construction Pathways. The Lee Memorial Automotive Technology Scholarship was presented to Nathaniel Bordelon (Albany), and the Northshore Mustang Club and Banner Ford Scholarship in Automotive Technology was presented to Trae Hanson (Ponchatoula).

Rene Parker (Lacombe) was the recipient of the Caleb David Page Memorial Scholarship, Shannon Menard (Lacombe) received the CLECO Endowed Scholarship, Evan Shepperson (Abita Springs) received the Jimmy Ryan, IV, Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Sara Piwetz (Pearl River) received the Junior League of Greater Covington Susan Lenoir Leadership Scholarship, and Dana Bourgeois (Pearl River) received the Patricia “Patsy” Wainwright Memorial Scholarship. David Bergens (Ponchatoula) received the Northshore College Enhancement Foundation Scholarship, and Alexis Carter (Bogalusa) and Jessica Prevost (Bogalusa) received Sullivan Vocational Foundation Scholarships in Health Sciences.

Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship recipients were Rhonda Davis (Hammond) and Kacen Ramirez (Denham Springs). The college also awarded DXC Information Technology scholarships to Demetrius Carter (Ponchatoula), Brennon Douglas (Hammond), Brennan Dunlap (Clinton), and Trace Tate (Tickfaw).

New scholarships this year included the Allen and Jeannette Thomason Endowed Scholarships in Construction Trades, Logan Kollatt (Ponchatoula), Teacher Education, Alison Tullis (Slidell), and First Generation Students, Sammi Leger (Denham Springs), the Ampirical Scholarship in Electric Line Technology, awarded to Devin Creel (Franklinton) and Tristan Guillory (Covington), the Ampirical Scholarship in Drafting and Design, awarded to Mitchel Emerson (Slidell) and Cody Gonzales (Lacombe), the Harold Vesper, Jr., Memorial Scholarship, Gavin Ray (Mandeville), North Oaks Health System Scholarship, Alexus Batiste (Lacombe), and Sullivan Vocational Foundation Scholarship in Construction Trades, Josiah Miller (Mount Hermon). The William S. Wainwright, PhD, Scholarship was presented to Khadijah Jackson (Amite), the Alexis

Ducorbier Insurance Agency Scholarship recipient was David Marcovsky (Mandeville), and Dalton Darsam (Folsom) and Clayton Tate (Franklinton) received Metro Mechanical HVAC Scholarships.

To learn more about the scholarship opportunities for Northshore Technical Community College students or to donate to establish or support a scholarship fund, please visit or call Mary Slazer, 985-545-1284.

About Northshore Technical Community College

Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) is a comprehensive college with a rich history of providing workforce training and academic pathways to universities across the state of Louisiana. Beyond the traditional classroom and workforce training opportunities, NTCC provides opportunities for students seeking our Adult Education, ESL, and YouthBuild programs. NTCC is comprised of its Main Campus in Lacombe, Hammond Area Campus, Florida Parishes Campus in Greensburg, Sullivan Campus in Bogalusa, and the Livingston Parish Campus in Walker. In 2015, NTCC was recognized by the Brookings Institute as the first in the nation for economic value of its graduates. The Chronicle of Higher Education named NTCC in 2019 as seventh fastest growing colleges from 2007-2017. NTCC was also awarded the Top 70 Places to Work in New Orleans by the Times-Picayune in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. If you would like more information about the Northshore Technical Community College, check us out at

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