2011 Chris Duhon's Stand Tall Foundation Scholarship Winners
The five St. Tammany public high school students who have received scholarships from the Chris Duhon Stand Tall Foundation this year were recognized before the St. Tammany Parish School Board with Superintendent W. L. "Trey" Folse, III, commending them on their accomplishment.
Folse said that Salmen High graduate and pro basketball star Chris Duhon has contributed much to his school and community over the years, explaining that the scholarship program, now in its second year, provides $5,000 to students who enroll full-time in the four-year college or university. The students are chosen for their outstanding commitment to community service and for having maintained a 3.0 or higher grade point average.
2011 Chris Duhon Stand Tall Foundation Scholarship Winners
The five scholarship recipients are Alan Joseph Cox of Salmen High, who plans to study nursing at LSU; Carley Marie Furlan of Fontainebleau High, who is already attending SLU studying Nursing and Pre/Med; Michelle Yvonne McElroy of Northshore High, who will study Kinesiology at LSU; Salmen High graduate Joseph Charles Alexander Renard, who will attend LSU to study architecture; and Bethanie Paige Tinker of Mandeville High School, who plans to attend Philadelphia University to study fashion design.
"These five students are quite an impressive group, and we want to thank Chris Duhon for his efforts," said Superintendent Folse.
The Board passed a resolution recognizing Duhon for his belief that a well-educated child is presented with unlimited possibilities and that everyday is an opportunity to contribute to the quality of a childâ€™s life through recreation, education and community service.
"The generosity of Mr. Duhon and the Stand Tall Foundation serves as an inspiration to students everywhere that the importance of education and hard work can lead to a successful and rewarding future," the resolution stated.
About Chris Duhon
After graduating from Salmen High, Duhon attended Duke University where he earned top baskeball honors, went on to play for the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks, and now plays for the Orlando Magic. After Hurricane Katrina devastated Slidell and his alma mater Salmen High in 2005, he brought in large amounts of relief supplies and began working to rebuild the community. The scholarship program joins other projects Duhon has initiated over the past five years, including a basketball camp, a Feed the Children program, and a fund-raiser golf tournament.