NSU student-athletes past and present show gratitude at annual Scholarship Banquet



When Glenn Talbert looked around Prather Coliseum on Thursday night, it’s possible he saw reflections of himself.

As numerous current Northwestern State student-athletes comingled with other members of the student body at the Northwestern State University Foundation and Demons Unlimited Foundation 2017-18 Scholarship Banquet, Talbert reached back in his memory to his time as an NSU football student-athlete.

“I just like to give back to the school, and this is how I choose to do it with the scholarship in mine and my brother’s name,” said Talbert, a three-year letterman at halfback from 1961-63 who, along with his sister-in-law, Martha Kay Talbert Smiley, helps fund the Glenn and James R. (Bucky) Talbert Scholarship. “It’s a way we can support the school.”

For Talbert, donating to the NSU athletic department comes easily, thanks to a spirit of giving that was fostered in him during his time as a Demon.

“There were people I looked up to who were here,” he said. “We had some great people, great coaches who were here when I was here. I thought the world of them. It’s very important for me to give a scholarship and to support the school.”

Because of donors like Talbert, events like Thursday night, which brought together student-athletes who received endowed scholarships, with another 600-plus people who packed the Prather Coliseum floor.

The event, which marked the second straight year the NSU Foundation and the DUF partnered in putting it together, gives students a chance to become better connected with the donors who provide funding for their scholarships.

It already has proven to foster relationships between student-athletes and donors.

“It was my first time here last year, and I got to meet Barbara Tolar, who donates to my scholarship,” said volleyball middle blocker Madeline Drake, the recipient of the Charlie Tolar Athletic Scholarship. “She works at HBU (Houston Baptist), and when we played there, I emailed her and told her to come watch the game. She didn’t get to come watch us play, but it was really cool to get to meet her, talk to her and get too know her.”

Like Talbert’s sentiments, feelings of gratitude washed over the 630 people in attendance as they listened to Northwestern State President Dr. Chris Maggio, student speakers Abigail Reynolds and Payton Hartwick and guest donor speaker Barbara Jo Pease.

“It’s a good experience,” said baseball and football athlete Kwan Adkins, the recipient of the Alario 22 Baseball Scholarship. “We get to meet people we don’t necessarily get to see as well as some familiar faces. Meeting the people who have helped us out, given us our scholarships and continue to donate to the university, it makes it more meaningful to us.”

For more information about Demons Unlimited Foundation Scholarships, contact Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs Dr. Haley Taitano at (318) 357-4278 or via email at blounth@nsula.edu.