Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) Foundation was recently made the recipient of a $15,000 gift from Atmos Energy.

The Foundation will earmark these funds for establishing an endowed scholarship.

“When someone chooses to invest through the Foundation, they typically have a soft spot for a specific need,” explains Missy Styron Amy, who serves as the executive director of LDCC’s Foundation. For Atmos, it was funding those critical needs that keep students from returning to class and working towards their goals.”

Atmos’ contribution will allow the college to provide scholarships to students who need financial assistance. Students may utilize funds for tuition, textbooks, and other student-related financial needs to attend LDCC. Says Student Government Association president of the Monroe Campus, Anita Gordon, “Many students are experiencing times of uncertainty and having access to financial assistance can make all the difference in them being able to remain in college.”

With the rise in student loan debt, students look for funding alternatives to get them from a job to a career. Student loan debt in 2020 is now about $1.56 trillion. The latest student loan debt statistics for 2020 show how serious the student loan debt crisis has become for borrowers across all demographics and age groups. Student loan debt has become the second-highest consumer debt category behind only mortgage debt.  It is higher than both credit cards and auto loans.

Ann Hayward, Manager, Public Affairs for Atmos Energy, said, “Atmos Energy is pleased to provide this contribution to help students pay for their post-secondary education. Giving back to our communities is a part of who we are at Atmos Energy. Also, this contribution is to show our appreciation and support for the role LDCC and its educational programs provide for north Louisiana’s workforce.” 

“We appreciate Atmos Energy for their continued support and investment in the students of LDCC, said Chris Broadwater, interim chancellor. Their partnership helps us send skilled laborers into northeast Louisiana’s workforce.”

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