BASF awards $2,000  in four scholarships

Photo provided by BASF -- Tom Yura, center, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar, presents $500 scholarships to each of four high school graduates, from left, Alex Thibodeaux, Dutchtown High School; Chris Hall, St. Amant High School; Kaylynn Joseph, Donaldsonville High School; and Devin Speligene, East Ascension High School. Show caption
Photo provided by BASF -- Tom Yura, center, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar, presents $500 scholarships to each of four high school graduates, from left, Alex Thibodeaux, Dutchtown High School; Chris Hall, St. Amant High School; Kaylynn Joseph, Donaldsonville High School; and Devin Speligene, East Ascension High School.

BASF awarded scholarships totaling $2,000 to four local high school graduates for academic excellence in science, a company official said.

Each BASF Team Chemistry High School Scholarship recipient received $500 to apply toward college tuition, a news release from the company says.

“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.

“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 the graduates during a May 28 luncheon at the Geismar site.

Scholarships were awarded to Chris Hall, St. Amant High School; Kaylynn Joseph, Donaldsonville High; Devin Speligene, East Ascension High; and Alex Thibodeaux, Dutchtown High.

“A school system cannot flourish without the support and involvement of business and community partners,” Ascension Parish school Superintendent Patrice Pujol said. “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.”