Twenty-eight students are currently attending
McNeese State University thanks in part to the Horatio Alger William J. Doré
This award is changing the lives of students by allowing
them to invest in their education without worrying about the financial burden
many families face to pay for college, according to Ralynn Castete,
scholarships director at McNeese.
"This award specifically recognizes those students
who have faced and overcome great obstacles to succeed in their education,”
The scholarship was established by McNeese graduate
William "Bill” J. Doré, founder of Global Industries Ltd., a worldwide marine
construction and offshore diving company. Doré is a national Horatio Alger
Award recipient for his lifetime achievement and success as an entrepreneur.
"Mr. Doré began his small business with just three
employees, but through perseverance and hard work, his company is now a
worldwide leader in its field,” said Castete.
One of the scholarship recipients, Farmina Islam,
is a freshman engineering major from Lake Charles. Making McNeese her first
choice was never in question - Islam has three sisters who are all McNeese graduates.
However, with the TOPS program not fully funded, her family worried about how
the remaining cost of her education would be met. Receiving this scholarship filled
in the gap.
"When I found out I had received this scholarship,
I was so excited but also relieved that my family would not have to worry about
finding a way to financially support my education. I have been able to purchase
my books and supplies for the semester. Everything is an expense but now my
family is left without a financial hardship,” said Islam. "Being recognized
with this award for my hard work as a student has only motivated me to continue
devoting my time to making my dreams a reality.”
Michelle Andrepont, a senior health and human
performance major, is also a scholarship recipient. Andrepont, who commutes to
McNeese from Jennings, has been able to pursue her degree because of this
"When I was deciding where to go to college, the
scholarship offers played a role in my decision. McNeese became my first choice
because this award allowed my family to have peace of mind about funding my
education,” explained Andrepont. "The scholarship has given me the drive to excel
and remain focused in my studies.”
To find out more about the Horatio Alger William J.
Doré Louisiana Scholarship, call McNeese’s Student Central at 337-475-5065.