Regional News  |  July 1, 2021

BASF awards $32,000 in scholarships to local high school students

GEISMAR, LA, July 1, 2021 – BASF awarded scholarships to 11 high school seniors in Louisiana, totaling $32,000, through the company’s local and corporate scholarship programs.

“These scholarships are part of BASF’s continued commitment to supporting a future of strong, diverse local talent by fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and related careers,” said Jerry Lebold, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s Geismar site. “Each of these students has demonstrated exceptional academic performance to successfully pursue a university degree in a STEM field.”

Eight scholarship recipients from high schools in Ascension Parish plan to pursue STEM-related degrees. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship to apply toward college tuition. The scholarship winners include:

  • Rishabh Malani – St. Amant High School; Louisiana State University (mechanical engineering)
  • Carli Sheets – St. Amant High School; Louisiana State University (physics)
  • Jacob Michelli – East Ascension High School; Louisiana Tech University (chemical engineering)
  • Skye Taylor – East Ascension High School, Southern University (mechanical engineering)
  • Joel Walker, Jr. – Donaldsonville High School; Morehouse College (biology/pre-med)
  • Shalin Bell – Donaldsonville High School; Dillard University (biology/pre-med)
  • William Mancuso – Dutchtown High School; Louisiana State University (mechanical engineering)
  • Farrah Dudley – Dutchtown High School; Louisiana State University (civil engineering)

“Ascension Public Schools is blessed to have outstanding community partners like BASF that provide opportunities for our students through scholarships, internships and continuing education,” said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. “Congratulations to these eight young men and women who are furthering their education in high-need STEM fields. We look forward to the contributions they will provide in their future endeavors."

In addition to the local program, a corporate scholarship program recognizes academically talented children of BASF employees in the U.S. The program is administered through Scholarship America and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Three of the 20 national scholarships worth up to $8,000 were awarded to local students:

  • Riley Jenkins – Baton Rouge High School; Louisiana State University (environmental science), daughter of BASF Employee Jeremy Jenkins
  • Caroline Badeaux – St. Joseph’s Academy; Louisiana State University (biological engineering), daughter of BASF Employee Timothy Badeaux
  • Caleb Woods – Catholic High School; Xavier University (chemistry/pre-med), son of BASF Employee Jarrad Woods


About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 17,000 employees in North America and had sales of $18.7 billion in 2020. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at


Last Update July 1, 2021