AT&T contributes $25,000 to benefit first-generation college students at Louisiana Tech

L-R - David Vinet (AT&T), Jan Waguespack (AT&T), Brittany Beasley, Kayla Lipscomb, David Aubrey (AT&T), Louisiana Tech President Les Guice, Brandon Willingham, Marcus Sumbler, and Denecia Henry. (courtesy La Tech)
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RUSTON, La (Louisiana Tech News Release) - AT&T announces a contribution of $25,000 to Louisiana Tech University to support its scholarship program for students who are the first in their family to attend college. These scholarships will be based upon financial need and will serve to recruit predominantly minority students to the university.

“Higher education is essential to creating an advanced workforce that is critical to Louisiana’s success, and I applaud universities like Louisiana Tech for playing a pro-active role in fueling the economic engines in our state,” said State Representative Rob Shadoin. “Our university and my alma mater supports the state economy and workforce, and this continued financial support is critical to help students close the gap as tuition costs increase.”

“Historically, first-generation students represent demographics which are underrepresented in colleges and universities. A top priority for us is to continue to provide valuable tuition assistance for capable students who have the skills to succeed in college, but don’t necessarily have the family resources to allow them to further their education,” stated Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech University President. “We greatly appreciate the support from policy makers and education advocates like State Representative Rob Shadoin who understands the critical role that higher education plays in developing students for success in life.”

In 2015-16, 644 first-generation students enrolled in Louisiana Tech University, with the average out-of-pocket expenses owed per student coming in at more than $9,000 annually. Funds from AT&T will help alleviate some of these costs for students in addition to providing assistance beyond their freshman year.

“Creating a culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace is vital to understanding all of our customers’ needs and developing solutions for continued business growth and innovation in our global economy,” said AT&T Regional Director Robert Vinet. “It’s exciting for AT&T to be a part of giving first-generation college students the resources they need to receive the best education opportunities to reach their career goals.”