BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. (left) and Mrs. Sharon Blake (right).

The BPCC Foundation has established the first endowed scholarship at the new Sabine Valley Campus of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) for the Fall 2022 semester with the receipt of generous donations from family and friends of Robert Lynn Byles of Many, LA. The scholarship will honor the life of Mr. Byles, who died in February 2017. The Robert L. Byles Memorial Scholarship in Electrician Technology has been helping students at the Sabine Valley Campus of Central Louisiana Technical & Community College (CLTCC) since 2017.

Effective July 1, 2022, the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) will realign two CLTCC campuses with BPCC by creating two new BPCC campuses, BPCC Sabine Valley and BPCC Natchitoches. The Robert L. Byles Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Electrician Technology represents the first endowed scholarship for the BPCC Sabine Valley campus and will benefit Sabine Parish students.

In the spring of 2023, the BPCC Foundation plans to seek matching funds from the Louisiana State Board of Regents Support Fund to permanently endow the scholarship. The Board of Regents Support Fund was established in 1986 under an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution to maintain a source of state dollars for higher education grant opportunities for colleges in 2 and 4 years in Louisiana.

The Bossier Parish Community College, the BPCC Foundation, and the family and friends of Robert L. Byles are thrilled to begin this partnership to benefit BPCC students at Sabine Parish for many years to come and continue Mr. Byles’ legacy. in higher education. Mrs. Sharon Blake presented the contributions of her family and friends to BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman to commemorate the establishment of the fund at BPCC.

For more information, please contact Gwen Fontenot, Acting Campus Dean, BPCC Sabine Valley, at (318) 357-3162 or Susannah Stinson, JD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, Bossier Parish Community College, at (318) 678-6010.

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