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Chad J. Segura was born and raised in Delcambre, Louisiana. He was one of four children in a working-class family of modest means. Chad excelled in the local public schools and always had an interest in science and math.

He was always grateful that UL Lafayette (then called the University of Southwestern Louisiana) was close by and thus afforded him the opportunity to attend college. He knew that his efforts at USL would be the steppingstone to a better future. He very much appreciated the time that his professors and other mentors invested in him.

While pure math and science interested him, he decided to focus on the applied science of Chemical Engineering because he felt that his work could have a more immediate impact for creating a better world. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, he went on to a career in Process Control. Over the course of his career, he worked for several different companies as well as becoming an independent consultant. While his work afforded him the opportunity to travel around the world, his home always remained based in the Houston area. He obtained two graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering during his career: a master’s from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston.
Chad wanted to give back to the university that he felt gave him his start and made a better future for him possible. He chose to do this by establishing a scholarship for undergraduate Chemical Engineering students. He wanted others to experience the same opportunities that he had. Chad died from glioblastoma at the age of 55. Prior to his death, he discussed his wishes concerning the funding of an endowed scholarship with his wife and left written instructions to that effect, which she honored with this gift.

Chad is remembered today by loved ones as an avid bird watcher, traveler, photographer, gardener, and stamp collector.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Student must be admitted to the University and enrolled as a full-time student.
  2. Student must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative G.P.A. to be eligible.
  3. Preference given to students classified as either a junior or senior.
  4. Student recipient must hold a major in chemical engineering.