2004-05 Kids' Chance Scholarship Program
In August of 1984, Brooke's mom, an employee with the Sheriff's office, was working an off-duty detail at a chemical company when she was exposed to toxic chemicals. As a result, Brooke's mother was diagnosed with serious medical problems and is now unable to work.
Brooke, who is putting herself through college, has two jobs and says she has to work extra hard to reach her goals. Receiving grants or scholarships like Kids' Chance will help Brooke finance her education.
A senior at Loyola University in New Orleans, Brooke is a cheerleader, an orientation leader, a member of the Pack Pride Committee, chair of the Homecoming Committee, and a National Dean's List honoree.
Next year, Brooke is planning to attend Dental school. Her younger brother and sister, are also hoping to begin college this year.
Casey is a resident of Metairie, Louisiana. In 1999, Casey's father, a construction worker supervisor, was permanently disabled in a work related accident when he fell off of a building.
The 18-year-old, who recently graduated with honors from Grace King High School, says that this Kids' Chance scholarship will help her achieve her dream of studying Radiology at Delgado Community College by paying for various college costs, like books. Casey hopes that one day she will be conducting ultrasounds.
Casey also credits her family for her success in life, saying they have been really supportive, always helping her through life's toughest moments.
Corey'an was one month old when his father was killed in a work-related paper mill accident. For the past 19 years, Corey'an has had a difficult time without his father; however, he has found an inner strength and become a model teenager.
Corey'an has created and sold his own music CD and won a poetry contest. He also assisted his mother financially by organizing and performing at a rap concert/talent show in his high school auditorium.
Corey'an, a freshman at Grambling State University, wants to study business management. He has dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, a real estate agent and continuing his passion for music.
“I wasn't going to school because of financial problems,” said Corey'an, “but this program allowed me to reconsider my dreams of a higher education.” He calls the Kids' Chance program a blessing and recognizes God as the reason he has been able to overcome his situation, “Many people are receiving God's blessings they just don't believe it enough to acknowledge Him.”
In 1997, Jacob's dad permanently injured his back while trying to lift heavy machinery. Jacob believes that the adversity he has faced since his father's accident makes him a stronger person. He recently wrote, “Making it through the dark time in my life has allowed me to see that there is nothing I cannot accomplish.”
In two years, Jacob will graduate from Louisiana State University with dual degrees in mass communications and animal science. He credits the Kids' Chance of Louisiana with helping him achieve these goals. “As a result of my father's accident, my parents aren't in a financial situation where paying for my college education is feasible,” said Jacob, “so this scholarship will serve a vital role in helping me achieve my educational and career goals.”
After graduating from LSU, Jacob hopes to pursue a master's degree in public policy and possibly combine his masters with a jurist doctorate. He says, "I hope to follow my heart and interest into politics, perhaps someday running for elected office."
Jacob has an outstanding grade point average of 3.96 and has been recognized as a Louisiana High School Student of the year, LSU Mortar Board Top 10 Freshman, LSU College of Agriculture Outstanding Sophomore, and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to France. Jacob also serves as a member of the March of Dimes National Youth Council.
Six years ago, Jordan lost his mother in a fatal shooting at a Napoleonville bank. Jordan's mother, a teller at the bank, was killed during a robbery. Jordan says he vividly remembers the day that three men entered the bank and shot his mother. He said he was swimming at a public pool when his grandpa came and delivered the sad news about his mother.
Jordan, a freshman at Louisiana State University, was a model student throughout high school. He was captain of the Quiz Bowl Team, the Mock Trial Team, and President of his Junior Class. He was on the honor roll for four years, had the highest ACT score at Assumption High School, and has been recognized in Who's Who.
Jordan, who aspires to get a doctorate in political science and become a professor at a University, said he was hanging on by a thread when he got the letter awarding him the Kids' Chance Scholarship. Kids' Chance of Louisiana is helping Jordan afford the necessities of college.
The 18-year-old, who comes from a large extended family, says that they have really stuck together. He recently told Kids' Chance that he truly admires his brother Lance Corporeal Chaz Bourgeois, who is getting ready to go to Iraq and fight for his country.
At the age of 5, Natalie lost her father in a tragic farming accident when his foot got caught in a rice cutting machine. Since that devastating day, Natalie, with support from her large family of seven, has grown into a strong and talented young woman who dreams of one day becoming a labor and delivery nurse in a Lake Charles hospital.
The 18-year-old is beginning her college education at McNeese State University this fall. Natalie, who maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was valedictorian of her graduating class, says that the Kids' Chance scholarship is helping her pay for her expensive college costs. “The Kids' Chance Scholarship is a large asset to my schooling,” Natalie said, “Receiving this scholarship will help me to focus on schooling and achieve my goals with less financial concerns.”
Throughout high school, Natalie was a member of the basketball team and named Academic All-State, a BESE Honor graduate, a member of the Student Council, and Project Director and President of the Governor's Program on Abstinence.
Sixteen years ago, Pamela's dad was a crane operator in charge of a rigging crew in the Gulf of Mexico. One day, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed on deck. Soon after, Pamela's father was rushed to a hospital where he had triple bypass surgery. Since that tragic day, he has been permanently disabled.
Pamela, who has worked very hard to achieve her goals, says that the Kids' Chance scholarship will help her accomplish her dream of finishing college. She wrote that she will not have to work quite as many hours at her job, making it easier to study and earn better grades.
Pamela, a freshman at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, is majoring in business management. In high school, she was recognized as All-District in Softball and an honor roll student.
In September of 2000, Sallyanne's father, a civil engineer at a consulting firm, died in an automobile accident on I-10 when his company vehicle traveled into oncoming traffic. Just four years later, Sallyanne wrote that she is sure her father is smiling down at her. “I know my dad would be proud of my hard work and would never want me to give up,” Sallyanne said, “I feel it is important to work hard because it is a reflection on him today.”
The 20-year-old Prairieville resident has indeed worked hard. Sallyanne, a business management major who maintains a 3.25 grade point average at Louisiana Tech University, is a TOPS recipient and has been recognized on both LA Tech's Dean's List and the National Dean's List.
Sallyanne is planning to graduate from college in two years and eventually operate and manage her own dance studio or reception hall. Kids' Chance has provided Sallyanne with an opportunity to achieve her dreams. “By paying for my college it will allow me to obtain the degree I need to achieve my goals,” said Sallyanne.
Ten years ago, Seleigh's dad, a welder and millwright for a hoist and crane service, was on his way to work when he was involved in an automobile accident with another vehicle, sending his truck into a tree and killing him instantly.
Seleigh, a freshman at Loyola University, New Orleans, plans to study political science and business. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in corporate law.
Seleigh's mom praised her daughter's academic drive and determination. “She has worked long and hard,” her mother said, “and I would be heartbroken if she was unable to attend [Loyola] because of our current financial situation. For as long as I can remember, she has insisted she will become an attorney.”
Eleanor McMain High School recognized Seleigh as a summa cum laude honor roll student and the most valuable player on the track team. Seleigh said that Kid's Chance is allowing her to pursue a higher education and accomplish her dreams.
At the age of 11, Timmy lost his father, a truck driver, in an automobile accident on I-59 when his vehicle had a blow out and struck some trees. The vehicle instantly caught fire and witnesses at the accident stated that Timmy's father pushed two boys out of the vehicle, one being Timmy's brother. His father, however, was unable to escape.
Seven years later, 18-year-old Timmy is attending Louisiana State University in Eunice to study radiologic technology. Timmy recently wrote that Kids' Chance his helping make his dreams come true. “My mother is a single working mom supporting three children in school. She makes little more than minimum wage,” Timmy wrote, “It's hard growing up without a father that supports the family. I've worked hard to accomplish my goals. I have also been fortunate to have some help.”
The Scott resident graduated from Carencro High School, where he accomplished many things including: lettering in wrestling, football, and track and being named All State Wrestler.