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ExxonMobil retiree group donates $100,000 to Southern University

Those pictured from left are, Sarah Stemley Square, Roosevelt Bryant, SU Chancellor Dr. James L. Llorens, Robert Square and Bonnie S. Jackson. Photo by John Oubre


Southern University's Baton Rouge campus today received a contribution of $100,000 from a local organization comprised of SU graduates who have retired from the ExxonMobil.


The money will be used for scholarships for students who meet the required criteria, said Bonnie S. Jackson the chairperson of the Golden Roots Annuitant Club.


"We will continue to try to raise more money for Southern University," said Jackson, who is owner of Bonnie Jackson CPA.


The group held a ceremonial check presentation today in SUBR Chancellor Dr. James L. Llorens' office.


Members of the Annuitant Club raised $25,000, which was matched 3-1 by ExxonMobil. The funds will be available for students in January of 2015, Jackson said.


Robert Square, another member of the Annuitant Club, said he will be encouraging more SU grads who are Exxon retires to give in the future. "Hopefully we will be doing this every year."


The $100,000 donation comes about two weeks after Llorens announced that the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund, which began in December of 2013, had raised $254,000. Llorens and his wife, Glenda, launched the fund with a personal $10,000 donation.


Llorens said the $100,000 donation is important to maintaining and building enrollment on the Baton Rouge campus. The fall 2013 enrollment increased for the first time in 8 years. The first-time freshman count rose 40 percent over the freshman class of 2012.


"We appreciate what the members of the Golden Roots Annuitant Club are doing to help us provide scholarships and assistance to students who are choosing Southern University," he said. "This donation, no doubt, will help us attract and keep more of the best and brightest on the campus."