Origin Bank establishes $40,000 endowed scholarship for JSU students

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Origin Bank recently created a $40,000 endowed scholarship to support students at Jackson State University. Two students will be awarded $1,000 each annually. Funds for eligible students can be used to pay for tuition, textbooks, supplies and other fees in the cost of education.

Origin Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company that provides products and services in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Its online and retail products and services support the financial needs of individuals, small businesses, commercial entities and government agencies.

Origin Bank state presdent Larry Ratzlaff presented a check for $40,000 to JSU Acting President Thomas Hudson for student scholarships. (Photo by William Kelly/University Communications)

Larry Ratzlaff, state president for Origin Bank, said, “It’s a tremendous privilege for me to be able to represent our organization today. We want to serve our communities, customers and employees equally. We understand the importance of serving our communities, which include universities, customers and employees. That’s why we are donating $40,000.”

The fund will exist in perpetuity with a portion of the annual earnings being made available for scholarship awards annually. Once the principal amount is invested for a full 12 months, the scholarship will be eligible to be awarded if the market value of the fund exceeds the principal.

“I know this is a great investment for our university, and we’re really excited about it,” Acting President Thomas Hudson said. “It is an investment in our students and will ultimately contribute to the momentum that we already have here at Jackson State.”

Additionally, the principal amount will be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match (contingent on funds availability) through the University’s Title III matching funds program.

To be eligible for the scholarship(s), students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Business Administration at Jackson State University
  • Must be classified as a sophomore or junior
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate financial need

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