Diane Thornton of Pineville, along with her son and daughter-in-law Dave and Jennifer Honzell Thornton of Natchitoches, established the scholarships to honor three individuals who impacted Dave and Jennifer’s education and career paths, Melanie McMillin, Frances Hutson and Charlie Seale. McMillin and Hutson, both NSU graduates, are nursing instructors who positively influenced Jennifer Thornton’s training as a nurse. Seale was a vo-tech instructor who encouraged Dave Thornton to continue his education and earn a degree.
“We are here to thank the generosity of this family, whose contributions will help a lot of students,” said Dr. Chris Maggio, assistant vice president for external affairs. “It is unique to have a contribution that benefits students in different areas and these areas – nursing and computer information systems — are some of our best.”
Stephanie Korn of Natchitoches is recipient of the Melanie McMillin Scholarship in Nursing, an award presented to a nursing student classified as a sophomore, junior or senior. Senior-level students must be in clinicals. Recipients may be eligible to receive the scholarships for up to three years. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average and demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,000 in the fall and spring semesters. Korn is a fourth-level clinicals student and will graduate in August.
Jeanie Tassin of Marksville is recipient of the Frances Hutson Scholarship in Nursing, an award presented to a student in the graduate nursing program who earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State. The scholarship is awarded annually, but recipients may reapply if qualifications are met. The student must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average and demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,000 in the fall and spring semesters. Tassin is earning a graduate degree in nursing.
Taylor Hickman of Natchitoches and Casey Harris of Fort Polk are recipients of the Charlie Seale Scholarship in CIS, presented to a sophomore, junior or senior-level student majoring in Computer Information Systems. The length of the scholarship is three years if all qualifications are met. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average and demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $3,000 in the fall and spring semesters.
“These are the kinds of scholarships in which individuals are being honored for their influence as teachers and we thank the donors for their generosity,” Maggio said.