South Louisiana Community College will benefit from a scholarship endowment for years to come, thanks to an investment from Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC). BGC, the parent company of Super 1 Foods, recently announced the establishment of its “Focus on the Future” scholarship program with more than 40 universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The total investment by BGC foods exceeds $1 million.
The SLCC scholarship will be available beginning Fall 2021 for students studying various healthcare, STEM, and workforce programs at campuses that share a footprint with Super 1 Foods locations. The scholarship endowment is also eligible for matching dollars with the Louisiana Board of Regents through its Support Fund program.
“We are very excited to launch a lasting program which will help thousands of students achieve their dreams for years to come,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “We support our local communities and value education which is one of our top philanthropic efforts. So many families and individuals have been financially impacted by the pandemic. We are proud to be able to help those aspiring towards their dreams.”
This program is designed to reward students in BGC’s market areas for their dedication, hard work and outstanding academic achievements. BGC intends for this scholarship program to award students, who need financial assistance to obtain a higher education, to focus on their endeavors to become the community leaders of tomorrow.
“In this environment of uncertainty, our students are one flat tire, one sick child, or one week of reduced hours at work from having to drop out of school to deal with life’s uncertainties,” said Lana Fontenot, executive director of the SLCC Foundation. “Amazing partners such as Brookshire Grocery Company understand this and are coming to the table to ensure that those who desire an education can get one with less worry of financial constraints.”
ABOUT BGC FOODS
Based in Tyler, Texas, BGC is a regional family-owned grocery business that employs more than 15,000 individuals throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The company operates more than 180 stores under the Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, FRESH by Brookshire’s and Spring Market banners, along with three distribution centers and corporate offices.
ABOUT ACADIANA'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. The college serves more than 15,000 students annually and offers an array of academic programs. Students earn associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and industry-based certifications. It is ranked 14th among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers as determined by Community College Week.