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Hammond student wins Katie Wainwright scholarship

Hammond student wins Katie Wainwright scholarship
Posted: Sep 8, 2019
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HAMMOND – The first Katie Wainwright Endowed Scholarship was recently awarded to Southeastern Louisiana University creative writing student Liah Johnson of Hammond.

A junior, Johnson said she comes from a large family of educators that always encouraged her to pursue her passions.

“I believe that part of my life’s purpose involves inspiring and healing people through the arts, specifically writing. Reading and writing transformed my life as a child and continue to do so. My desire is to create the kinds of stories that will do the same thing for others,” she said. “Receiving the Katie Wainwright scholarship has helped me continue my higher education journey at Southeastern. Not only have I learned more about my craft, but about the world and myself. I have met wonderful people—faculty and classmates alike. It has been an invaluable experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

The scholarship was created after Wainwright’s death in 2016. She was a 1976 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a multiple-published fiction author.

Wainwright’s family and friends launched the scholarship to honor her memory and to encourage future students to pursue creative writing. Her sons David and William ensured the scholarship was fully endowed, enabling it to be awarded as soon as possible.

For more information, or to contribute to the Katie Wainwright Scholarship, contact Southeastern’s University Advancement at 985-549-2239.
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