NAFA supports NSU Foundation scholarship


NATCHITOCHES – Representatives from the Natchitoches Association of Financial Advisors presented a donation of $10,000 to the Northwestern State University Foundation, a contribution to support an endowed scholarship established by the NAFA.


David Haymon of Leesville, Buddy Wood of Many and Nettles Brown of Natchitoches met with NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio and Director of Development Jill Bankston, CFRE, to explain why the group chose not to establish scholarship criteria.


“We have a scholarship that has no restrictions. It’s usually the last one that’s given,” Brown said. “We are about helping kids. There are no restrictions except for financial need.”


“We are making a difference in this region,” Maggio said. An unrestricted scholarship may benefit not only a traditional student but could lend support to a student who is a working parent, someone who needs to return to the workforce, students from rural areas and those who are first-generation students. “We are changing a lot of folks’ lives.”


Brown suggested that if all NSU alumni contribute just $100 annually the impact on student support could be tremendous.


“Students love being here,” Bankston said. “The pride on the Northwestern State campus is tremendous right now.  Unrestricted scholarships help students who need a hand with books or other expenses to stay in school and complete their degrees.”


For information on giving to the NSU Foundation, visit or contact Bankston at or at (318) 357-4241.

The Natchitoches Association of Financial Advisors contributed to a scholarship the group established that is awarded based on financial need. From left are NSU Director of Development Jill Bankston, Nettles Brown, NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, David Haymon and Buddy Wood.