Delta Sigma Theta alumnae established L.I.F.E. Scholarship


Members of the Iota Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta established a scholarship to benefit an African American female attending Northwestern State University. The scholarship was announced during Saturday’s Homecoming celebration at NSU where sorority representatives met with administrators and the scholarship’s first recipient, Azhani Bennett, a nursing major from Shreveport.

The L.I.F.E. (Ladies Investing in Future Education) award is a minority scholarship established this year through the NSU Foundation by Delta Sigma Theta alumnae commemorating their 10-year Line anniversary.

“A group of ladies decided that in commemoration of our 10-year anniversary we wanted to give back to the university with a scholarship for an African American female who demonstrated a financial need,” said Nikki Ceasar-Small. The idea came to the group this past summer during a beach reunion when the group in Line 39 discussed doing something distinctive to celebrate their 10th year as members of the Iota Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

Applicants to the L.I.F.E. Scholarship must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or better and preference is given to a student from the Ark-La-Tex.
“I am extremely grateful to have been chosen to receive this scholarship, being that I am from a middle class family and I do not receive much financial aid,” Bennett said. “This scholarship has also helped me realize that all my hard work isn’t going unrecognized.”

For information on creating a scholarship through the NSU Foundation, visit or contact Chasteen at (318) 357-5213 or

Pictured from left are Brandy Tilley and Anastasia Christophe, Akilah Issac, Tiffany Chasteen, Shannon Jones, Brandi Milton, Latesha Espy, Azhani Bennett, Shaundra Webb, Krystal Jones, Ashunti Pearson, Taesia Shello, Ivy Early, Nikki Small, Ida Henderson, Krystle Johnson, LaKeshia Carey, Elizabeth Allen and Tonia and Dr. Jim Henderson.