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BASF Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to Engineering Majors

April 24, 2015

BASF awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four engineering students at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA. Each year, BASF awards scholarships in the spring and fall as part of the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund.

"BASF considers LSU and the School of Engineering to be our partners in preparing the next generation of engineers, scientists and industry leaders," said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar, LA. “BASF's scholarship program is a way to reward students who excel in their studies, and it encourages them to learn more about careers in our industry."

Each student received a $2500 scholarship from BASF. Recipients have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages and are active in campus and community organizations.

Stephen Hurdle of Baton Rouge is a junior chemical engineering major and a Catalysis Lab assistant at LSU. He volunteers at Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Bishop Ott Shelter for Men and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Garett Lambert of Luling is a junior chemical engineering major. His work experience includes interning at Valero and Monsanto for the past two summers.

Rachel Nguyen is a junior chemical engineering major and an undergraduate research assistant. She is involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and volunteers in the community through Volunteer LSU and the Honors College. She is from Lake Jackson, TX.

Garrett Sibley is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. His honors include LSU Chancellor’s Honor Roll, Alpha Lambda Delta, LSU Flagship Scholar Resident, Alumni Global Leaders Award, and Balanced Man Semi-Finalist. He was class valedictorian at St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette, LA. He is a member of the LSU Triathlon Team, a pilot, and a musician.  

"We appreciate BASF's continued support of the LSU's College of Engineering and its students," said Rick Koubek, Dean of LSU’s College of Engineering. "In addition to scholarships, the company’s donation of $1 million to establish the BASF Sustainable Living Lab as part of the new LSU College of Engineering building will provide opportunities for students to gain real-world experience through design projects and other programs that help prepare them for careers."

BASF’s manufacturing presence near LSU includes operations in Geismar, the corporation’s largest site in North America, Zachary, and Vidalia. BASF employs a workforce of about 2000 people in Louisiana and invests nearly $300 million in the state through annual payroll, purchases, taxes, and charitable contributions.

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