Scholarships

The College of Business at Nicholls State University awards thousands of dollars of privately funded scholarships to deserving students.   The application process begins each spring semester.  The online application form provided in the link below allows students to simultaneously apply to all offered scholarships.  The College’s Scholarship Committee then meets to select recipients.  Recipients are announced at the College’s annual Honor’s Banquet.

The College of Business Administration is currently offering the following scholarships.   Please note that scholarship programs and funding are subject to change from year to year based upon funding levels and availability.   Certain scholarships have restrictions such as a minimum GPA in order to qualify.  Furthermore, there may be additional actions (such as letters of recommendation or a personal essay) not requested on the application form that must be taken in order to fully meet the particular scholarship requirements.  Students may submit additional documentation to the Dean’s office.

James J. Buquet Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one female and one male College of Business student each year. Applicants must have earned at least 75 hours toward their degree, be classified as non-graduating and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients are selected based on activities, GPA and financial need.  Mr. Buquet was the founder of Buquest Distributing Buquet Distributing, a wholesaler of over 250 different brands of beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Ridley J. Gros, Dean Emeritus, Scholarship in Management
This scholarship was created by family and friends of Dr. Ridley J. Gros, Dean Emeritus of the Nicholls College of Business.  Dr. Gros was a distinguished academic and highly regarded colleague; he was instrumental in the College’s initial accreditation by AACSB.   It is awarded to one management major who has earned between 60 and 89 non-development hours of credit.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Recipients are selected based on GPA, financial need, involvement in student organizations, and other scholarships and financial aid.  Previous recipients of this scholarship are eligible to reapply.

Ridely J. Gros Scholarship
This scholarship, also in memory of Dr. Ridley J. Gros, Dean Emeritus, is awarded to one College of Business student. Applicants must be classified as a junior and have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Recipients are selected predominantly on demonstrated leadership and the potential to excel in a leadership position. Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a College of Business junior or non-graduating senior. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Recipients are selected based on GPA, activities and financial need. A one-page essay outlining career goals and interest in financial services is required.

Mike Bauer Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to outstanding juniors or non-graduating seniors majoring in finance at Nicholls.  The Mike Bauer Memorial Scholarship is a fully endowed scholarship and was created by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bauer in memory of their son, Mike Bauer, who was an economics major at Nicholls.  Recipients are selected based on character, academic performance, activities, and financial need.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Cenac Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a computer information systems junior or non-graduating senior. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, a minimum 3.5 GPA in CIS courses, and have earned 15 credit hours of courses needed to complete the CIS degree. Selection is based on financial need and contribution to the CIS program.  Mr. and Mrs. Cenac were the founders of Cenac Marine, a leader in the towing industry.

Norman Swanner “Big Boy” Memorial Business Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full time College of Business junior or senior.  Norman Swanner was a Thibodaux City Councilman, who also owned and managed Bubba’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge.  Applicant must have graduated from E. D. White or Thibodaux High School and be a resident of Lafourche Parish. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

Glenn Walters Marketing Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dr. Glenn Walters – a former Dean of the College of Business and a distinguished scholar in the field of marketing.  It is awarded to a marketing junior, who has earned between 60 and 89 non-developmental hours of credit. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients are selected based on GPA.

Irvin Ryker Financial Planning Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student in a field that could lead to a career in financial planning.  The student must demonstrate an interest in financial planning in a brief one-page essay.  Applicants must also (1) have a minimum of two semesters remaining before graduation; (2) have a GPA of 3.0 or better; and (3) be a first generation college student (i.e., neither parent shall have graduated from college).  If no applicant meets these criteria, other applicants may be considered.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Kleen Family Endowed Scholarship in Business
This scholarship is awarded to a student achieving junior status upon completion of term of application.   Applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) Full-time student enrolled in the College of Business; (2) Non-traditional student (At least 24 years of age, delayed college enrollment after finishing high school or who has returned after an extended period of time, is considered financially independent for purposes of determining financial aid, works full-time or part-time, or who may be a single parent); and (3) 2.75 minimum GPA.   Award could be for 2 semesters if recipient is a senior and maintains GPA, or 4 semesters total if recipient is a junior and maintains GPA.

Clift Gresham Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is presented each year in memory of Dr. Clift Gresham, who served on the faculty of Nicholls State University as a finance professor for many years.  It is awarded to one full time College of Business student with a 3.0 minimum GPA.  Applicant must be of junior standing at the time of receipt of the scholarship.  Two letters of recommendation must accompany the application.

Dr. R. Morris Coats Scholarship in Economics and Finance
Dr. R. Morris Coast spent the last 30 years of his academic career as an economics professor in the College of Business.  This scholarship was established in his memory and is awarded per year to a full time College of Business student interested in economics and finance.  Recipients are selected based on GPA, activities, and financial need.  Applicants are required to provide a 1 page essay examining the following topic, “Why is service learning an important part of a college education?”

Drs. Nick and Elaine Fry Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a College of Business junior or senior with a declared major in accounting or human resources. Applicants must (1) be a full time student and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (2) be a U.S. citizen and resident of the State of Louisiana.

Additional scholarships are also available for Accounting majors .

Students are encouraged to apply for a variety of other local, state and national scholarships through the university’s Financial Aid Office.