This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Robert G. Fontenot by Luke Everett & Dolores B. Fontenot. Dr. Robert G. Fontenot was a retired professor of education from U.S.L. (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He was a native of Grand Prairie, Louisiana, and had been a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, from 1965 until his death in 2005.
He completed high school in Grand Prairie in 1950, and in 1952 he entered into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. In 1957 he received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), and in 1962 he received a M.A. in Administration and Supervision from USL. He began his teaching career in 1958 as a classroom teacher in the Iberia Parish School system.
In 1965 he was hired as an Associate Professor by USL. He was a Diagnostician in Special Education and taught Special Education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1970 he became Coordinator of Elementary Education at USL, and in 1975 he became USL’s Director of the National Bilingual Center. Under his direction the center received over $7 million in federal educational grants. He retired from the University in 1998.
Luke Everett & Dolores B. Fontenot established this scholarship in memory of Dr. Robert G. Fontenot as indication of his and the family’s respect for education.
- Must be a student majoring in Chemical Engineering
- Must be a freshman
- Must have a minimum 62 EPF (EPF = high school GPA X 10 + composite ACT)
- Preference given to US citizens
- Preference given to Louisiana Residents
- Preference given to students who had the award as a Freshman and maintained a minimum cumulative 3.0