Northwestern State University Student Among Recipients of The 431 Exchange Spring 2021 Scholarship

New Orleans – The 431 Exchange is proud to announce that Jay Oliphant, Unified Public Safety Administration major, is one of seven recipients of its Spring 2021 scholarship. Jay has had a 28-year career and counting in law enforcement. And while a college degree is not required for his field, his wife has been applying gentle pressure for years for Jay to get a degree. Everyone should have an education to fall back on, she has told him, and Jay listened.

The 431 Exchange established a Scholarship Fund to award applicants with cash grants for continuing or vocational education in honor of the legacy of the Adult Education Center. Scholarships are $1,431 each in two different categories: Legacy and General Awards. Legacy Awards are open to descendants of the 431 graduates of The Adult Education Center, including: children, stepchildren, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. General Awards are open to the general public.

The Adult Education Center (AEC) on Exchange Place in New Orleans provided innovative vocational training to 431 inspirational women from 1965 to 1972. These women went on to become the first black secretaries to integrate the multinational corporations and local businesses of the city. Eventually their impact spread throughout the South and helped pave the way for equal employment opportunity for all American citizens. Jeanne and Jeff Geoffray, descendants of Alice Geoffray, the school’s director, created The 431 Exchange: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to advocate nationally on behalf of adult education and social justice issues.

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The 431 Exchange is a U.S. nonprofit dedicated to educational equality. Our mission is to support adult education and social justice initiatives throughout the country. Our programs include advocacy, fundraising, and a scholarship fund.

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