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Llorens, wife make $10,000 donation; launch student scholarship fund

12/06/2013

Llorens, wife make $10,000 donation; launch student scholarship fund

Chancellor James L. Llorens and his wife, Glenda, made a personal donation of $10,000 on Thursday night at the university's Christmas Concert to help launch the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund.

The fund will be used to help students having financial difficulties enrolling and continuing their education at Southern.

Llorens has been calling on alumnus and alumni groups, along with corporations across the country to contribute. The Scholarship Fund is one of several initiatives tied to Southern's celebration of its Centennial (100 years) on the Baton Rouge site set for 2014.

Llorens said he hopes the fund and contributions will be part of an annual campaign that builds and maintains funding for scholarships of various amounts to meet the financial challenges of students.

My wife Glenda and I understand the challenges faced by students in financing their education.  We also believe that we cannot ask others to give without giving ourselves.  We must also sustain this fund if it is to have a true impact on this University so this contribution will be an annual contribution to support the students of Southern University," Llorens said. "I have found in some instances that the difference in student enrolling in school is just couple hundred dollars. That student should be able to attend Southern University."