Dawson Howie, a Northwestern State University freshman from Alexandria, is the inaugural recipient of the Luther W. Lott Sr. Memorial Scholarship, presented to a Northwestern State student whose parent or guardian is an employee of Lott Oil Co. Howie is a business administration major who graduated from Grace Christian School in May. His father, James Howie, is a 20-year employee of Lott Oil’s Alexandria facility.
The Luther W. Lott Sr. Memorial Scholarship is a four-year scholarship established by the Lott family for a full-time NSU student who is the dependent of a Lott Oil employee. The company intends to add three more scholarships over the next three years. In the event that no Lott Oil dependents are eligible in a given year, administrators from the NSU Foundation will select recipients with preference to students from north and central Louisiana.
“We thank not only the Lott family, but the entire Lott Oil company,” NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio said. “This is going to help a number of students for years to come. It’s a win-win.”
“NSU is very important to Natchitoches,” said Luther W. “Buddy” Lott Jr., president of Lott Oil, adding that the university adds to the culture and economy of the region. “Being in business, you see other communities that don’t have an NSU. We are giving back to NSU and also to the families that have partnered with us. We want to be a part of the success in growing this university.”
Lott Oil is a regional leader in fuels, lubricants and related products and services for industrial, commercial fleet, automotive and retail customers throughout Louisiana and east Texas. Lott Oil distribution centers are located throughout north and central Louisiana. In addition to the home office in Natchitoches, the company maintains satellite offices, warehouses, and bulk plants in Alexandria, Bossier City, Leesville, Mansura, Many, Monroe and Winnfield.
“NSU could not survive without private support,” Maggio added. “This is how companies like Lott Oil make this city and this region better. They could choose to give to a number of philanthropies but they chose to help students, specifically those that are part of the Lott Oil family.”
For information on supporting student scholarships through the NSU Foundation, visit northwesternstatealumni.com or call the Foundation at (318) 357-4414.