Genesis Energy Scholar


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Keltrin K. Burrell III, is among five students from the Southern University College of Engineering to receive an academic scholarship from Genesis Energy. The Southern University System Foundation partnered with Genesis Energy to create a $100,000 scholarship fund for Southern University students. The scholarship seeks to encourage students to explore opportunities in their chosen fields of study and to develop a relationship with Genesis Energy.


AT&T Scholar


Major: English Education

St. Francisville native, Breanna R. Willis says she is proud to continue her family tradition and attend Southern University. As a freshman, she is well on her way to join the ranks of successful SU alumni, and credits the support that she received from the Southern University System Foundation’s Eighteen-Eighty Society and AT&T as a very important part of her journey to become a teacher.


BASF Scholar


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Jeanerette native Taquincy Alexander is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at Southern University, Baton Rouge. Taquincy was valedictorian of Jeanerette High School in Iberia Parish and recipient of the Southern University Honors College Scholarship and the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students Performance Award. He is a member of the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council, Southern Regional Honors Council, Student Government Association, Men’s Federation, National Society of Black Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


IBM Technology Services Center Baton Rouge


Applications Development Intern
Major: Computer Science

Leah Kight was ready to take on the challenges expected of her as an applications development intern at IBM Technology Services Center in Baton Rouge primarily due to the quality education and guidance she received as a student at Southern University.


Coca-Cola Bottling Company Baton Rouge


Business Development Manager
SU Alum

Coca-Cola has been a supporting partner of Southern University since 1990. Since that time, the collaboration has yielded many projects and initiatives that have proven beneficial to SU System campuses, students, faculty, and staff.


Baton Rouge Area Foundation


President and CEO

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is a community foundation working in the capital region that connects philanthropists with nonprofits to make sure the needs of Baton Rouge area communities are met. John Davies has served as president and CEO since June 1988. During his tenure, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation has grown from $3 million to $608 million in assets.


A Philanthropic Spirit

Louisiana native Leon Valdry says, “people may come and go, but the University has remained for over 100 years.” The 1957 technical engineering graduate, believes that continued support of the University is the key to its success. “It is imperative that we give back to our University,” says Valdry. Philanthropy for Leon has been a way of life for over 50 years.


Meet Tonyea McCaleb

Baton Rouge native Tonyea McCaleb believes that Southern University has prepared her for a great future as a social worker. She has always wanted to attend Southern University and is certain that she made the right choice. “I want to make sure that other high school students know what Southern has to offer and choose Southern as I did.” 


The Foundation’s role in the revitalization of the SU Laboratory School

The Southern University System Foundation has been quite instrumental with the revitalization of the Southern University Laboratory School.  The record growth in enrollment and finances is contributed in part to the support of the Southern University System Foundation.


The SUS Foundation is vital…

The SUS Foundation is vital in ensuring the Southern University community has the ability to further enhance the educational environment. SU Laboratory School was able to become financial stable through the efforts of the SUS Foundation. They provided financial assistance, extensive advisement, and on-going support in other areas that enabled us to secure additional state funds for school operation and capital outlay attainment. Our enrollment has more than doubled since their commitment to helping the Lab School. We are extremely grateful for their support!

– Dr. Ronnie Harrison, School Director, Southern University Laboratory School

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