Shreveport couple creates scholarships for descendants

Ray and Melba Scurlock of Shreveport established scholarships at three regional universities, including Northwestern State University. They are pictured with NSU Development Officer Jill Bankston, CFRE.

NATCHITOCHES – A Shreveport couple established scholarships at three different universities in Louisiana, including Northwestern State University, to benefit deserving students.


The Scurlock Family Scholarship, created through a donation to the NSU Foundation from Ray and Melba Scurlock, will be awarded to a full-time student in good standing with a 2.5 or better grade point average.  First preference will be given to students that are direct descendants of Ray and Melba Scurlock. The couple, ages 94 and 89, have five children, 19 grandchildren and over 30 great-grandchildren, according to their son, Dan Scurlock.


Ray Scurlock said he and his wife intentionally chose to support universities that their children attended.  The couple believes that education is important and hopes the scholarship will encourage young people to continue their education after high school.


The Scurlocks have a daughter and son-in-law who graduated from Northwestern State, Judy Scurlock Lenert and Steven Lenert, who both earned degrees in 1972.


For more information on establishing or contributing to a Northwestern State University scholarship, visit or call (318) 357-4414.