NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University student Jessica Love of New Orleans is this year’s recipient of the Mayci Breaux Scholarship Fund, awarded to a female Louisiana resident enrolled in a radiologic technology program at a Louisiana college or university. Lafayette General Foundation awards the scholarship to a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above at the time of application. The announcement took place on Mayci Breaux’s birthday, Sept. 25.
Love is enrolled in NSU’s Radiologic Technology program, a field she chose due to her compassion for others, a characteristic Breaux was known for. The essay portion of her application described her love for her patients and her passion for the future of radiology.
“I am so honored to have received this scholarship because it recognizes such a fantastic woman who had her life taken too early and would have influenced this field so much,” Love said. “It’s incredible to have been awarded a scholarship that promotes a love for this field and our patients. I’m very honored to have met Mayci’s family.”
Mayci Breaux graduated from Hanson Memorial High School in 2012, South Louisiana Community College and went on to attended Louisiana State University-Eunice, where she was studying to become an ultrasound and radiologic technologist. She lost her life in a shooting in a Lafayette theatre in 2015.
The scholarship began with a $100 donation from an anonymous donor in Montana, just one day after the tragedy. Numerous donations followed, including many from Lafayette General Health employees, helping the fund grow to $20,000. The day before the fund was publically announced, Bo and Jerry Ramsay donated $5,000 on behalf of everyone affected by the shooting. After learning about the launch of the scholarship, comedian Amy Schumer, star of the movie “Trainwreck,” donated $25,000 to the fund, doubling the amount endowed. The Mayci Breaux Scholarship Fund, now over $50,000, is endowed through Goldman Sachs, ensuring Breaux’s legacy.
To learn more about the scholarship fund, visit http://www.LafayetteGeneral.com/MayciBreaux.