Acadiana briefs for March 6, 2014

Kaplan family creates scholarship at SLCC

A Kaplan family recently created an annual $1,000 scholarship at South Louisiana Community College to honor their daughter, Mia Trahan, who died in January.

Trahan was a graduate of SLCC in practical nursing and was continuing her nursing studies at McNeese State University at the time of her death.

Kendrick Trahan, her father, said the family wanted to help students achieve the goal held by his daughter — to help other nurses.

“Mia’s passion was helping people,” he said. “We want to remember Mia by helping a student who shares her passion about health care.”

The family plans to attend scholarship recipients’ pinning ceremony, a traditional event that honors graduating nursing students.

“We want to see this student through to their success,” Trahan said.

Applications for the Mia Trahan Memorial Scholarship will be available March 15 and the deadline for applications is May 1. The scholarship is open to SLCC Gulf Area campus students who are in their final semester or year of practical nursing.

For information, visit the college’s website and click on Student Scholarships under Quick Links.

For information about SLCC’s scholarships or giving opportunities, contact Lana Fontenot at (337) 521-9026 or

SLCC faculty members establish scholarship

South Louisiana Community College faculty members David Wolske and Stasia McZeal recently created a social science psychology scholarship to help students pursue a major or minor in psychology.

Recipients of the $500 scholarships are selected based on their grade-point average.

This semester, four students received the scholarship: Kimberly Wyatt, of Erath; Lisa Stokes, Lafayette; McKenzie Dalfrey, Crowley; and Meghan Guilbeaux, Rayne.

Compiled by Advocate staff