BEHIND THE SCHOLARSHIPS
Thanks to the generous support of David and Nicole Holcombe, more students will have the opportunity to attend LSUA with financial assistance. As long-time supporters of the university, the Holcombes recently donated an additional $112,250 to the LSUA Foundation in support of student scholarships.
Fifty thousand dollars of this donation will further enhance two existing scholarships, of which $25,000 will augment the Virginia Harvey Holcombe Nursing Scholarship and $25,000 will amplify the Holcombe Pre-Dental/Allied Health Scholarship.
Additionally, $50,000 will go toward the establishment of the David and Nicole Holcombe Creative Arts and Languages Scholarship Fund at LSUA. In further support, the Holcombes donated an additional $10,000 to this scholarship. These additional funds bring the total to $60,000 and allow LSUA to apply for a $40,000 match from the State of Louisiana. If received, the match will allow for a $100,000 endowed first generation scholarship. Another donation of $2,250 grants the university the ability to begin awarding this scholarship in Fall 2016.
In order for the scholarship to be awarded, a student must demonstrate financial need, show exceptional promise and ability, and be advancing his or her education in theater, visual arts, creative writing or language.
“We cannot thank Dr. and Mrs. Holcombe enough for their ongoing generosity to the university,” says Melinda Anderson, executive director of the LSUA Foundation. “These funds will make it easier for students to afford a college education and obtain a degree that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
The Nursing scholarship was originally established in 2008 in order to honor David’s mother, Mrs. Virginia Harvey Holcombe. Mrs. Holcombe served as a Navy nurse in the Pacific during World War II. She was known as Miss Sunshine and touched the lives of many soldiers during her years of military service.
The Allied Health scholarship, formally known as Pre-Dental, was established in 2010 to honor David’s grandfather, Jeremiah Holcombe, and his father, Kenneth Grant Holcombe. Both men were dentists in California.