Boise supports ET scholarships for Northwood grads

Boise Cascade has for the last three years provided $1,500 in scholarships for graduates of Northwood High School in Lena who pursue degrees in engineering technology at Northwestern State University. From left are Lori Sepulvado, Human Resource Generalist for Boise-Lena; Plant Manager David Elliott, Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of the Department of Engineering Technology, and Brittany McConathy and Erin Dupree, NSU Foundation.

“We are extremely grateful to Boise Cascade for their continued support of NSU’s Engineering Technology Programs,” said Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology. “Enrollment continues to increase in our programs which is helping to meet demand for technologists in the equipment, quality control, process control and other applied engineering fields. Our students are not only equipped with applied engineering skills but are also prepared with the soft skills and management abilities required to lead in high performance organizations such as Boise Cascade.”

NSU’s Engineering Technology programs support the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Manager’s Council by providing graduates with applied engineering education using advanced-level math as well as theory-based courses. These future employees are equipped to support manufacturing operations using advanced technology. NSU’s ET program are meeting companies’ sustainability needs by incorporating engineering principles closely aligned with effectively reducing waste in manufacturing processes and recycling never-before-used raw materials.

Boise Cascade manufactures and markets engineered wood products with improved structural characteristics that use wood fiber more efficiently. Boise Cascade owns and operates the world’s two largest laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and I-joist manufacturing plants in Alexandria, Louisiana and White City, Oregon. Using leading edge manufacturing technology, Boise Cascade’s engineered wood products are environmentally friendly and provide engineers, architects, designers and builders with cleaner, simpler and more efficient design options.

The Northwestern State University Foundation serves the university, its students and faculty, by securing financial resources to support scholarships, faculty development and academic programming. To learn more about ways to give or volunteer, contact the Office of University Advancement at (318) 357-4414 or visit