Nine Iberia Parish students reaped the benefits of leading a high school career dedicated to service.
The New Iberia Rotary Club presented scholarships last week to students representing every high school in the parish.
Each recipient received $750 from The Chris Daly/J.P. Thibodeaux Service Above Self Scholarship.
Iberia Rotary Chairperson Rickey Huval said the service scholarship is more than just academic performance.
“It’s not just academics. It’s involvement in the school, the family, the church and the community,” Huval said.
Scholarship recipients are chosen based on the recommendation of each school.
Huval said the scholarship serves as a way of honoring two people who went beyond what was required to benefit the community.
“J.P. Thibodeaux was a Rotarian who came forward and always helped the kids out with scholarships,” Huval said. “Daly was involved in the community and could always be seen attending city hall meetings and being active. They didn’t have to do it but they did it.”
Huval said he was glad to reward this year’s group of students who embody the same community spirit as the scholarships namesakes.
“We celebrate these students for their giving of self,” he said.”The amount of involvement they’ve been active in over the past four years is incredible.”
The Rotary club contributed $250 dollars towards each scholarship and J.P. Thibodeaux contributed $500.
This year’s recipients include: Alex Romero, Assembly Christian School; Warner Simon, Catholic High School; Claire Duhon, Delcambre High School; Samantha McNeese, Highland Baptist Christian School; Mya Faith Simmons, Jeanerette High School; Jahraya Jeanlouis, Loreauville High School; Lindsey Dubose, New Iberia Senior High School; Devin Boutte, Westgate High School, and Chloe DeRouen of Highland Baptist Christian School received the Bob Badon Scholarship worth $1,000.
“The family of Bob Badon generously donates this gift,” local attorney Will Grubbs of Haik Minvielle and Grubbs Law Firm said. “Judge Robert Segura is the family member who deserves credit for making sure Mr. Badon’s legacy is honored. He is remembered as’“Mr. Rotary.’ The scholarship is given to a member of the Interact club. It’s the high school club that instills the principles of Rotary into students.”