Jan 23, 2013 14:38 AT&T contributes to SLU scholarship fund AT&T contributes to SLU scholarship fund Advocate staff report Jan. 23, 2013 Comments AT&T has contributed $43,000 to support a major initiative at Southeastern Louisiana University that will provide scholarship aid to students who are on track to graduate but may be unable to finish their studies without financial assistance. The university’s new Completer Scholarship fund is intended to provide support for students within one year of graduation. “It is an honor to support Southeastern and the work they are doing to promote higher education,” said Rick Demint, regional director of AT&T Louisiana in presenting the funds to the university. “By educating today’s students and helping them prepare for the future, we can ensure the future workforce of our company, and our country will be stocked with qualified employees who have the 21st century skills that American businesses need to remain competitive in the digital global economy.” Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain said the initiative will help address the needs of students who are trying to complete their degrees. “We know there are increasing numbers of students who are working several jobs while they try to complete their university education,” Crain said. “This scholarship will help qualified students who are making strong academic progress to complete their degrees and become a vital part of our workforce.” More than 80 percent of Southeastern students receive some form of financial aid, school officials said. After four years or eight semesters, those students lose their eligibility for TOPS and scholarships offered through the Southeastern Foundation. This initiative is designed to address needs once those four years are complete. For more information on the initiative, contact the Southeastern Advancement Office at (985) 549-2239.