July 2, 2010

The Taylor Scholars in Engineering celebrated another year of academic success with Mrs. Phyllis Taylor at a dinner held in the students' honor at Juban's Restaurant in Baton Rouge. Taylor Scholars from the College of Science studying chemistry, geology and geophysics were also honored.

Mrs. Taylor and the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation host the annual dinner to congratulate the students on their academic endeavors. The evening provides an opportunity for the scholars to meet with Mrs. Taylor and discuss the challenges of engineering. Mrs. Taylor, Chairman and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, is a champion for higher education. Along with her late husband, Patrick F. Taylor- the founder of the TOPS program, she has provided countless students the opportunity to earn a college degree - not only in Louisiana but in 22 additional states.


Jaworski Sartin, senior in civil engineering stated “the Taylor Scholars dinner is a time for the students to take a break from academics, to enjoy a wonderful meal and conversation with Mrs. Taylor. She expresses a genuine interest in the academic endeavors of the students the Taylor Foundation supports. I really enjoy the more informal conversations and learning more about her, her husband, his philanthropy and the colorful histories of Louisiana and LSU.”

Joining Mrs. Taylor and the Taylor Scholars were Will Pecue, President of Taylor Energy and Mrs. Beth Pecue; LSU Chancellor Michael Martin and Mrs. Jan Martin; Chancellor Emeritus James Wharton; College of Engineering Dean Richard Koubek; Kelly Rusch, Associate Dean for Research and Diversity Programs, College of Engineering; Carol Wicks Chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics.

The Taylor Scholars in Engineering are a high-achieving group of underrepresented students who must be enrolled as full-time engineering undergraduate students at LSU.

2010 Taylor Scholars in Engineering are:

Jeremy Chavis, sophomore, mechanical engineering, Baton Rouge, LA

Ebenezer Omojola, sophomore, mechanical engineering, New Orleans, LA

Julie Quach, sophomore, computer engineering, Gretna, LA

Jaworski Sartin, senior, civil engineering, Bogalusa, LA

Charlaya Washington, junior, electrical engineering, Baton Rouge, LA

Johnny Williams, Jr., sophomore, electrical engineering, New Iberia, LA

"One of the main benefits of being a Taylor Scholar is having the opportunity to dine and speak with Mrs. Taylor," said Charlaya Washington, junior in electrical engineering. "I look forward to sharing my accomplishments and college experiences with her. During our one-on-one time, Mrs. Taylor encourages me to continue to excel academically."

Besides providing financial benefits, the Taylor Foundation understands the impact scholarships have on supporting students enrolled in top-quality engineering programs.

"The Taylor Foundation and Mrs. Taylor's leadership in providing access to higher education is remarkable and unprecedented," said Koubek. "Students receiving the Taylor Scholars recognition this year represent a highly talented group who stand among the very best of what the Foundation has created."


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Article by Akilah L. Taylor, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-0092, ataylor1@lsu.edu



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