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JSU receives $40,000 donation for Origin Bank Endowed Scholarship

Origin's Bank State President, Larry Ratzlaff presented a check for $40,000 to JSU President Thomas Hudson for student scholarships. (Photo by William Kelly/University Communications)

State President, Larry Ratzlaff presented a check for $40,000 to JSU President Thomas Hudson for student scholarships. (Photo by William Kelly/University Communications)

LATOYA-BYLINE

Recently, Origin Bank created an Endowed Scholarship in the amount of $40,000 to support students at Jackson State University. The scholarship will be awarded to two students on an annual basis in the amount of $1,000 each. These funds can be used to pay for tuition, textbooks, supplies, and other fees included in the cost of education for eligible students.

Origin Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company that provides products and services in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Our online and retail products and services support the financial needs of individuals, small businesses, commercial entities, and government agencies.

Larry Ratzlaff, State President for Origin Bank says, “It’s a tremendous privilege for me to be able to represent our organization today. We want to serve our communities, customers, and employees equally. We understand the importance of serving our communities, which include universities, customers and employees and that’s why we are donating $40,000.”

The fund will exist in perpetuity with a portion of the annual earnings being made available for scholarship awards annually. Once the principal amount is invested for a full 12 months, the scholarship will be eligible to be awarded if the market value of the fund exceeds the principal.

“I know this is a great investment for our university and we’re really excited about it,” says Acting President Thomas Hudson. “It is an investment in our students and will ultimately contribute to the momentum that we already have here at Jackson State.”

The principal amount will be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match (contingent on funds availability) through the University’s Title III matching funds program.

To be eligible for the scholarship(s), students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Business Administration at Jackson State University.
  • Must be classified as a sophomore or junior.
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.