William Champion and Derek Toro, both of Natchitoches, are the 2017-18 recipients of the Brooke and Clay Hennigan Endowed Scholarship, an award that benefits Northwestern State University students pursuing degrees in business or business education.
Champion is a sophomore majoring in business administration and a member of the NSU men’s basketball team. After graduation, he plans to operate an oil field service company.
Toro earned an associate degree in general studies last year and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in computer information systems. He is a volunteer CECP coach for the Natchitoches Central High School powerlifting team and coaches his 9-year-old daughter in powerlifting. He is also a member of USA Powerlifting so he is able to lift with his team and daughter. After graduation, he would like to either work in the business office of the Natchitoches Parish School District or relocate to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to utilize his degrees and coach powerlifting there.
The Brooke and Clay Hennigan Endowed Scholarship is named for the children of Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, dean of NSU’s College of Business and Technology, and her husband, Jim Kilcoyne.
For more information or to contribute to the scholarship, call the NSU Foundation at (318) 357-4414 or visit northwesternstatealumni.com. Information on NSU’s School of Business is available at business.nsula.edu.