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2022

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Entergy Louisiana recently donated $10,000 to the SOWELA Foundation for its Entergy Louisiana NOW Scholarship. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students in Process Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology or Industrial Electrical Technology.

Jacob Courville with Entergy stated, “Entergy Power Generation has seen a large number of craft-level positions filled with candidates from SOWELA who have been valuable contributors quickly to the organization. In many cases those employees have progressed and become title leaders. Entergy wanted the scholarships to draw attention in the community to the life-changing impact a degree from SOWELA can make!”

On hand for the donation were several leaders with Entergy Louisiana, including Entergy Louisiana CEO, Phillip May, Vice President Power Plant Operations, Jason Willis, and Vice President Customer Service, Yovanka Daniel as well as SOWELA leaders and Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

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Cheniere Energy Inc presented a check for $50,000 to the SOWELA Foundation for the College’s Machine Tool Technology program. On hand for the donation is Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Paula Hellums, Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, and from the Cheniere Sabine Pass Facility Manager, Asset Training, Chad Dearien and Manager, Local Government and Community Affairs, Amy Miller.

“We are honored to continue our long standing partnership with SOWELA by investing $50,000 for their Machine Tool Technology Program,” said Dearien. “SOWELA’s various programs are essential for preparing individuals for the workforce and has truly made a difference in the lives of so many in Southwest Louisiana.”

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Phillips 66 generously donated $25,000 to the SOWELA Foundation to fund scholarships and program support at the College. On hand for the donation is (left to right) Phillips 66 Public Relations Director Megan Hartman, Operations Manager Jim Baron, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Phillips 66 HR Manager Andrew Sona, and Phillips 66 Site Training Lead Jeremy Donovan.

2021

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Cameron LNG recently donated $20,000 to the SOWELA Foundation for its Cameron LNG Endowed Scholarship. SOWELA students in Process Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology and Industrial Electrical Technology are eligible to apply for the scholarship. On hand for the donation is Cameron LNG External Relations Manager Stevie Trahan and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall.

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Through the generosity of donors in the community like L’Auberge Casino Resort, the SOWELA Foundation is able to provide scholarship funds to more than 430 qualified students annually. SOWELA does not participate in the Federal Student Loan program which is why scholarship support is so important to student access and success.

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Cheniere generously donated $60,000 to the SOWELA Foundation to fund mechanical equipment maintenance at the College. On hand for the donation is (left to right) Asset Training Manager Chad Dearien, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall and Cheniere Local Government & Community Affairs Associate Amy Miller.

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Enbridge donated $5,000 to the SOWELA Foundation to create the Enbridge Industry Awareness Scholarship for students in Process Technology, Welding and Machine Tool Technology. On hand for the donation (left to right) is SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Enbridge Senior Advisor Erin Casey, Enbridge Area Manager Donald Doucet, and Area Supervisor Kevin Corbello.

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The SOWELA Foundation received a generous $10,000 donation from the Chennault International Airshow. The donation will help fund STEM education in the form of scholarships. On hand to accept the donation for the Foundation is SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall (center) with Chennault International Airport Executive Director Kevin Melton (left), and Airshow Director Mary Jo Bayles (right).

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The Cajun Navy Foundation recently donated $5,500 to the SOWELA Foundation for the Workforce Solutions Construction Program. Pictured for the donation (left to right) is SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Cajun Navy Foundation President Rob Gaudet, and SOWELA Director of Business and Industry Services Judy McCleary.

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Northrop Grumman donated $35,000 to fund five scholarships in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Process Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology, Industrial Electrical Technology, and Machine Tool Technology. On hand for the donation (left to right) is SOWELA Foundation Board Member and Northrop Grumman Site Manager Michael Flatt, SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall, and Director, Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center, Northrop Grumman, Eric Price.

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The Gene Haas Foundation recently donated $12,500 to the SOWELA Foundation for Machine Tool Technology scholarships for CNC training. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Foundation are (left to right): Machine Tool Technology students Jordan Solieau, Jason Cos, Dalton Fontenot; Machine Tool Technology Instructor Randall Kimbro; School of Transportation and Applied Technology Dean Dr. William Mayo; Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall; Vince Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Paula Hellums; and Machine Tool Technology students Nathan Drott, Gabriel LeJeune, and Michael McLaughlin.