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PRIDE Industries scholarship helps students overcome challenges
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Justin Cobb
Justin Cobb
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PRIDE Industries has initiated a scholarship at Northwestern State University to benefit students with disabilities. PRIDE Industries is a national entrepreneurial not-for-profit company focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities while delivering manufacturing and service solutions to business and government.

Justin Cobb of Natchitoches is this year’s recipient. He is pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in business administration and maintains a 3.3 grade point average. He will be classified as a senior at the conclusion of the Fall 2011 semester. The scholarship eases his financial burden as he works toward his degree.

“Because of the scholarship I’m able to attend school and pay bills without having to work fulltime,” said Cobb, who works part-time on campus as a tutor. “It’s very convenient to focus on school and not have to worry about living expenses.”

PRIDE has an established presence in Alexandria where its employment services office help recruit, hire and train workers in support of the company’s Directorate of Public Works contract at Fort Polk and in the community at large. PRIDE has nearly 200 employees on contract at Fort Polk in building and maintenance of utility systems operation, dining facilities, grounds and surfaced area, pest control and self-help services.

A scholarship committee of representatives from the Office of Disability Services and PRIDE Industries will evaluate applications and make recommendations for the recipient of the PRIDE Industries Scholarship for Individuals with Disabilities. The $2,500 scholarship award is for one year but recipients can reapply. First preference will be given to Northwestern students who attend the Leesville-Fort Polk campus. Applicants must have completed a FAFSA application, be enrolled at NSU, maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and have a demonstrated disability confirmed by NSU’s Office of Special Population.

“PRIDE has been partnering with communities for 45 years to create jobs for people with disabilities. This effort requires community support, and in turn, strengthens communities,” said Michael Ziegler, president and Chief Executive Officer, PRIDE Industries. “We value the opportunity our work at Fort Polk creates for people with disabilities. In turn, we are proud to partner with Northwestern State University to create opportunity for other individuals with disabilities, supporting the community where our employees live and work. “

“We are pleased to work with PRIDE Industries in offering assistance to individuals seeking to overcome challenges and lead productive, independent lives,” said Catherine Faucheaux, director of Disability Services. “Northwestern is committed to equal opportunities for all deserving students and this will assist an individual facing more challenges than the average student.”

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