Scholarship Honors Deborah “Raz” Raziano

Deborah Raziano Headshot 2012


THIBODAUX — A new scholarship honors longtime Colonel spirit leader Deborah “Raz” Raziano, director emeritus of Nicholls State University’s Alumni Federation.

The Debbie Raziano Endowed Alumni Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student who has achieved at least junior status. The recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, must be a member of at least two university-sanctioned organizations and submit two letters of recommendation. The student will be awarded $1,000 over two semesters.

Endowed for $25,000 last spring, the scholarship was awarded for the first time this fall.

The scholarship will honor Raziano’s years of involvement and dedication to Nicholls. Before retiring in January 2013, Raziano championed Nicholls for 32 years in her role as director of alumni affairs. Arriving on campus as a freshman in 1969, she served as senior class president and the 1973 Miss Nicholls. Upon graduation, she worked as a consultant for her sorority, Delta Zeta, before returning to Nicholls as its fifth alumni director.

During her tenure, she led the Nicholls Alumni Federation through numerous changes including the creation of a structured membership program, the re-introduction of the Nicholls class ring, the redesign of The Colonel alumni magazine and the development of the alumni website. She created several alumni traditions, including the annual alumni crawfish boil and the Awards for Excellence ceremony.

For more information about the scholarship, or how to apply, contact the Nicholls Alumni Federation at 985-448-4111 or visit