Nicholls, Entergy Work Together to Bring Underrepresented Students to Campus

Caption: Stacy Fontenot, Entergy customer service manager; Kirsten Hill, Nicholls coordinator of minority recruitment; Jeremy Becker, executive director of the Nicholls Foundation, Allison Clune, Nicholls first lady; Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls president; Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana; Jae'Veric Bradley, admissions counselor; Al Galindo, Entergy regional customer service manager; and Deanna Lafont, distribution line supervisor, gather to recognize the Tour Tuesday presented by Entergy program. (Jacob Batte/Nicholls State University).

THIBODAUX, La. — Entergy Corp. and Nicholls State University are proud to continue a partnership that busses local underrepresented high school students to campus for tours. 

Almost a thousand Bayou Region high school students have visited the Nicholls campus through the Tour Tuesday presented by Entergy program since its inception in 2016. With the latest $10,000 donation, Entergy has contributed $50,000 to the initiative. 

“Education is the cornerstone for a successful Louisiana,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “We’re a proud partner of the Tour Tuesday program and I can’t think of  a more worthwhile endeavor than investing in the future of our students.”

Nicholls works with guidance counselors at the high schools to identify first-generation and low-income high school students who meet Nicholls admissions standards. Those students are then transported to campus where they are given a tour and an overview of academic programs and student organizations. Interested students will meet with admissions counselors who help them fill out an application and financial aid forms. 

“Entergy has been a valuable partner to Nicholls State University and the Bayou Region for many years,” said Dr. Sue Westbrook, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “For many first-generation students, the idea of college can seem foreign or unattainable. But through this program, we have been able to open the eyes of so many students and show them a college degree is achievable and life-changing.” 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 

985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu

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