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LBA Announces UL Scholarship Winners

The Lafayette Bar Association Awards UL Scholarships to Ana Rayon and Carson Strang

This year is a very special year for the Lafayette Bar Association, as it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Association on May 1, 2019. In the fall of 2018, the past LBA presidents came together to discuss ways to commemorate this milestone. The presidents agreed to celebrate by awarding an academic scholarship to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and South Louisiana Community College.
 
Over $28,000 in donations were collected in a matter of days from past presidents and sections of the Lafayette Bar Association (listed below). Because of the overwhelming amount of donations, the Lafayette Bar Association was able to offer two scholarships to UL that would award two students with $12,200 each.
 
In April 2019, the scholarship application was made available to graduating high school seniors within Lafayette Parish. The following month, two deserving students were chosen to receive this scholarship. They were Ana Rayon and Carson Strang.
 
Ana Rayon is a senior at Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has maintained a 3.9 GPA and has been a student of the AHS Business and Finance Academy for four years. She is a National Honor Society member, competed on the Literary Rally Team, a member of the Library club, member of the Prom Committee, participated in Air Force Jr. ROTC, and a member of the Renaissance Club. Her volunteer efforts include camp counselor for vacation bible school, Lafayette Parish Public Library, and as a member of Louisiana Judo, which offers volunteer clinics for mentally disabled children. Ana intends to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette beginning fall of 2019, where she wants to pursue a degree in Business Management and minoring in International Business. Post-graduation, she hopes to complete her MBA.
 
Carson Strang is a senior at Early College Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he has maintained a 3.7 GPA. During his high school career, Carson was a member of the hockey team, drama club, and Beta Club. During his sophomore year, he served as President of the 10th Grade Student Council. As a senior, he was a member of the National Honor Society. During his high school career he was a long-time volunteer with the Zoo of Acadiana while also voluntarily mowing lawns for the elderly. He has also served at the Riverside Church of Christ. Carson plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fall of 2019, pursuing a degree in psychology. After college, Carson hopes to continue his education in order to become a prison psychologist, private practice psychologist, or a psychologic analyst for the FBI.
 
The Lafayette Bar Association was extremely happy to award each outstanding student with a $12,200 academic scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Without the support and donations from the donors, these scholarships would not have been possible. We would like to thank them now:
 
Lafayette Bar Association Past Presidents: Glenn Armentor, Richard Becker, Richard Broussard, Hon. Judge Marilyn Castle, Blake David, Hon. Judge Thomas Duplantier, Kyle Gideon, Joseph Giglio, Thomas R. Hightower, Ralph Kraft, Miles Matt, Robert McBride, John McElligott, Gary McGoffin, Frank Neuner, Kenny Oliver, Donnie O'Pry, Joseph Oelkers, Patrick Ottinger, Missy Theriot, Gregory Voorhies
 
Lafayette Bar Association Sections: Family Law Section, Young Lawyers Section, and Real Estate and Transactional Section
 
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, President Maggie Simar and Board Member Greg Koury introduced the scholarship recipients to the Lafayette Bar Association during the 50th Anniversary Member Crawfish Boil at Randol's Seafood Restaurant.
 
From Board Member Greg Koury: “I can think of no better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LBA than our being able to provide these two very deserving individuals with financial assistance for their next step in life.  Many thanks go to our past presidents and other donors for making this possible.  The LBA should also be grateful for the assistance of our U.L.L. liaisons, Adele Bulliard and Kathy Rosenberg, for their efforts to disseminate the scholarship application to eligible schools and guide us through the selection process.”
 

Pictured: Greg Koury, Ana Rayon, Carson Strang, and Maggie Simar (LBA President)
Photo provided by Lafayette Bar Association

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