LRWA Scholarship Information
The Louisiana Rural Water Association Scholarship Fund was created in 1998 in honor of Mr. Willis Fournet. This scholarship fund was established by members of the Louisiana Rural Water Association who reside on a water system that is a member of the LRWA and who are interested in pursuing a career in the water or wastewater field. All applicants who apply for the grant will be screened by the scholarship committee according to the office rules. If you are interested in applying for the W.J. Fournet Scholarship, please contact our office at 1-800-256-2591 for an application or download it from the link below. Applications will be mailed to member systems in December. If you do not receive your application, please call our office and an application will be mailed or faxed to you.
W.J. Fournet Scholarship Award
W.J. Fournet was born and raised in Kinder, LA. He was a graduate of McNeese State University. He began his career as an educator and a coach then retired from the Allen Parish School System as an elementary school principal. Upon Mr. Fournet's retirement in 1981 from Kinder Elementary School, which consisted of only a few days, he became the director of Louisiana Rural Water Association. Mr. Fournet guided LRWA to its present state, working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health, the Department of Natural Resources, and state water and wastewater operators. Mr. Fournet retired from LRWA in December 1993. Mr. Fournet passed away one year later in December 1994. He will always be remembered for his continuing education of not only children, but also his teaching and training of water and wastewater operators across the state of Louisiana.
2010 Scholarship Winners
Tyler Vincent-Leesville, LA
Tyler Vincent, a graduate of Leesville High School is the recipient of the 2010 W. J. Fournet Scholarship for the northern part of Louisiana. Tyler, who graduates with a 3.95 GPA, plans to attend Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and major in Environmental Science. Tyler’s awards and achievements included being named to the Academic Honor Roll from 2005 until 2010, the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement for 2005 and 2006 and numerous other achievements. He is active both in and out of school by being a member of the Mayors Youth Council, 4-H Club, Anchor Club, Key Club and various other clubs. To quote the Head of the Science Department at Leesville High “Tyler is a spirited young man with an incredible sense of humor. He is an extremely intelligent young man who finds humor in life. His academic strength allowed him to be a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M-Honor Music society for several years”. We would like to congratulate Tyler on his many achievements and wish him the best of luck in his endeavors!
Dillon Richard-Welsh, LA
Dillon Richard is 2010 graduate of Welsh High School and the recipient of the 2010 W.J. Fournet Scholarship for the southern part of Louisiana. Dillon graduated with a 3.9 GPA and plans on majoring in biology. Dillon received numerous awards during his high school years including the Principal’s Award for all A’s. He is active both in and out of school by being a member of the 4-H Club, Interact Club, Beta Club and teaching 3rd and 8th grade CCD classes for Our Lady of Seven Dolores Catholic Church. Pat Deshotel’s, principal of Welsh High School, wrote “when he is not involved with the social life of high school, Dillon still finds time to be a productive member of the varsity tennis and swim teams and also serves outside of school, as he taught 3rd and 8th grade catechism and is an active member of the youth group in his church. It is because of his ability to balance his busy life and still maintain focus on his priorities that I can wholeheartedly recommend Dillon Richard for any scholarship.” We would like to congratulate Dillon on his many achievements and wish him the best of luck in his endeavors!