Lawyer sponsors college scholarships

An effort to build a scholarship program for South Louisiana Community College students received a $10,000 boost Wednesday with a donation from local lawyer Glenn Armentor.

Armentor’s donation is to provide financial help to students interested in attending any one of the SLCC campuses.

The community college merged with the regional technical college campuses, formerly known as the Acadiana Technical College, on July 1.

The donation established the “SLCC Glenn Armentor Pay-It-Forward Scholarship of Excellence” and has the potential to cover the tuition for four students, according to a news release issued by the college following the donation ceremony.

“These scholarships are a way for me to pay forward what I cannot pay back,” Armentor said. “It is a way for me to give a deserving individual with great potential the chance to grow into the bright future they richly deserve, just as those people in the past helped me overcome major economic and domestic adversity as a child.”

Armentor’s gift is the first major donation received by the college specific to scholarships.

Other recent contributions include a $500 scholarship from employees of the Louisiana Physician Corp. in memory of co-worker Melissa Leger. The scholarship is to help a student studying business or business office technology, said Christine Payton, SLCC public relations director.

The college also received a $9,000 sponsorship from Grainger that will fund a technical competition for high school students. The majority of the donation will be used for scholarships for the top winners with $4,500 for first place and $2,500 for second place, said Jennifer Jackson, executive director of the SLCC Foundation.

More companies are interested in helping students through scholarships and more scholarship opportunities will be announced soon, said Jackson, who is also the college’s associate vice chancellor of institutional advancement. She said an annual fundraiser to fund scholarships is in the works and will likely be held in the fall.

The goal is to create endowments that will provide continual scholarship options for students, Jackson said.

Students interested in applying for a “Pay-It-Forward Scholarship of Excellence” can contact the scholarship department at The Glenn Armentor Law Corporation at (337) 233-1471.

Recipients will be selected by a committee who will consider candidates’ academic “performance, drive, ability, financial need (and) desire to seek a college degree,” the release said.