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Delta State’s Bolivar Co. Alumni Chapter establishes endowed scholarship to support students

Pictured, from left, are Libbi Logan, District 2 representative of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors; James Forte’, director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving; Shane Howell, president of the Bolivar County Chapter; Amanda Robinson, assistant director of Alumni Affairs; and John Fletcher, president of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors.

CLEVELAND, Miss.— The Bolivar County Chapter of Delta State University’s National Alumni Association has expanded its assistance to students with the establishment of its first endowed scholarship.

The Bolivar County Alumni Endowed Scholarship has been created to provide financial support for deserving students from Bolivar County attending Delta State.

The endowed scholarship fund will assist students who display financial need with tuition expenses, ensuring that they’re able to successfully complete their college degree at DSU.

“We’re excited about reaching the milestone of implementing the first endowed scholarship fund through the National Alumni Association,” said DSU’s Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund James Forte’ (’18).

“The Alumni Association is designed to provide support for alumni as well as the university,” Forte’ explained. “Through this endowment, we’re able to simultaneously support both by creating avenues to assist current students as they matriculate at Delta State.”

Shane Howell (’06), president of the Bolivar County Chapter of the DSU National Alumni Association, said the chapter is honored to provide this scholarship opportunity to Bolivar County area students.

“As alumni, and as members of the local alumni chapter for Delta State, I feel that we have an obligation to invest in our university and the local students that choose to call DSU home,” he said.

“This is something that I am very passionate about, and I think it’s only fitting that our Bolivar County Alumni Chapter is the first to establish an endowed scholarship. I hope this is the first of many!”

Forte’ expressed similar sentiments.

“I believe that this is only the beginning of something great,” he said. “Our dedicated alums have the potential and the desire to make an even greater impact on the university, our students and the community. We’re looking forward to collaborating with our chapters to create additional opportunities.”

In addition, Forte hopes the endowed scholarship will assist with retaining and creating new legacies—students who are children and grandchildren of alumni.

“Through the establishment of this endowed scholarship we will be able to assist students, including legacies, with finishing their degree at Delta State,” he said. “This, in turn, will hopefully influence the next generation of Delta State students.”

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