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Geismar site supports next generation of industry leaders

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, Louisiana, presented four local high school graduates each with a $500 scholarship for academic excellence in science. From left are Alex Thibodeaux, Dutchtown High School graduate; Chris Hall, St. Amant High School graduate; Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager, BASF Geismar Site; Kaylynn Joseph, Donaldsonville High School graduate; and Devin Speligene, East Ascension High School graduate.

GEISMAR, LA, June 11, 2013 -- BASF has awarded scholarships totaling $2,000 to four local high school students for academic excellence in science. Each BASF Team Chemistry High School Scholarship recipient received $500 to apply toward college tuition.

“We think it's important to support and encourage students who demonstrate an interest in academics, especially those who choose majors involving math and science," said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, Louisiana. “Their college degrees will prepare them for a variety of science-related professions, including possible careers at BASF. That's why our Team Chemistry scholarship program is an investment in the next generation of leaders for our industry.”

Yura presented scholarships to students during a luncheon at the Geismar site on May 28. Listed below are the scholarship winners and the universities they plan to attend:

  • Chris Hall, St. Amant High School - Southeastern Louisiana University.
  • Kaylynn Joseph, Donaldsonville High School - University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Devin Speligene, East Ascension High School - Louisiana State University or Tulane University.
  • Alex Thibodeaux, Dutchtown High School - Louisiana State University.

"A school system cannot flourish without the support and involvement of business and community partners,” said Ascension Parish Superintendent Patrice Pujol. “Our school system is fortunate to have partners such as BASF who believe in the education of our students and are committed to their success."