Marine Corps League in Vermilion Parish and Gulf Coast Bank team-up to create SLCC scholarship
The Lt. Dronet Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Vermilion Parish wants to help a student get a higher education and has just started a scholarship fund to help do so.
There are hundreds of scholarships to get help for students who attend four-year colleges, but there is a limited amount of scholarships for students who attended South Louisiana Community College (SLCC).
The Marine Corps League has designated that its scholarship go to a person attending SLCC. It will be available in 2014.
“We felt there a great need for graduates with vo-tech skills as do other college graduates,” said Marine Corps League member Paul Mire from Kaplan.
The Marine Corps League in Vermilion Parish has 27 members. Because of the limited amount of members, funds were tight to create the scholarship.
John T. Landry, a Marine Corps League member from Abbeville, approached Gulf Coast Bank for financial assistance for the scholarship.
Paul Patout, the president and CEO of the bank, said his bank was happy to help fund the scholarship.
The Marine Corps League wrote criteria of who qualified for the scholarship.
Glenn Suire, a member of the Marine Corps League, said the first criterion is if you are a member of a the Marine Corps League in Vermilion Parish, then you qualify. Suire said he did not think any of the 27 members will be going to SLCC.
The next criteria are a family or relative of a Marine Corps League member and then a veteran or a family member of a veteran, who served in the Armed Services.
On hand to accept the paperwork for SLCC was Dr. Natalie Harder, the chancellor of SLCC.
“This a great thing the Marine Corps League and the bank is doing,” said Harder. “This will help a student.”