Northwestern State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies is promoting a campaign to raise awareness of the Dr. Sara Burroughs English Scholarship Fund through the end of May. The target amount of $20,000 will provide a permanent $1,000 scholarship to be awarded each year to an outstanding English major. One hundred percent of donations go to the scholarship and are tax deductible.
Burroughs “was the consummate teacher, scholar and mentor, beloved by her colleagues and the students she taught for 27 years,” said Dr. Jim Mischler, department chair. “The first $2,000 raised will be matched dollar for dollar providing a total of $4,000, giving us a better chance to reach the target amount by the end of May when the campaign ends.”
Dr. Burroughs, who passed away in spring 2018, attended Centenary College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. She advanced her education with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.
During her tenure, Dr. Burroughs was Chair of the department from 1987-1992 and received the NSU Excellence in Teaching Award; she was named Professor Emerita in 2008. She retired in 1999 and moved to Shreveport. She lived life to the fullest, active in church and community activities and traveling to all parts of the world.
To contribute to the Dr. Sara Burroughs English Scholarship, make checks payable to the NSU Foundation with Dr. Sara Burroughs Scholarship noted in the memo. Contributions can be mailed to the NSU Foundation, 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA. 71457.