(From left) Michele Beary, foundation executive director for the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, Kerry St. Pé, former director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and Dr. David Boudreaux, Executive Director of the Nicholls Foundation. Nicholls will begin offering a new scholarship to full-time marine biology students in honor of St. Pé’s work for the Louisiana coast.
THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University will begin offering a new scholarship this fall to full-time marine biology students in honor of distinguished alum Kerry St. Pé.
The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation donated $10,000 to the Nicholls Foundation to endow a scholarship in honor of St. Pé’s 16-year career as director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), which is housed on campus at Nicholls. St. Pé, a 1973 Nicholls grad, retired this month after more than 40 years of service to the Louisiana coast. Prior to serving as director of BTNEP, he served as a field biologist and regional coordinator for water pollution control for the state departments of Wildlife and Fisheries and Environmental Quality.
The scholarship will award $250 per semester to a full-time Nicholls marine biology student. Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students with a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to apply. First consideration will be given to a resident of one of the 16 parishes that make up the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary.
Students can apply for the scholarship by contacting the Nicholls Office of Financial Aid at 985-448-4048 or by visiting www.nicholls.edu/financial-aid. Applicants must agree to an interview with the BTNEP scholarship selection committee.
To donate to the scholarship fund, visit supportBTNEP.org or call Michele Beary at 985-447-0871.