Stephenson Entrepreneurship Scholarships Awarded

September 23, 2019

BATON ROUGE - By offsetting the costs associated with earning additional credits, the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Scholarship removes a barrier for deserving students pursuing a BS in entrepreneurship from the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business. This scholarship opportunity is designed to encourage students to put in the extra time and effort required to complete the entrepreneurship paired degree program (BS/BA first degree + BS Entrepreneurship) at LSU.

The scholarship is made possible by Emmet and Toni Stephenson, LSU alumni who have transformed entrepreneurship education at the university through steadfast support of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute and the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems.

The Stephensons were instrumental in the creation of LSU’s entrepreneurship degree. Students majoring in entrepreneurship must pair the degree with another bachelor’s offered by the university, meaning students must earn a minimum of 30 hours beyond the requirements for their primary degree.

“Our entrepreneurship degree attracts interest from students across many disciplines,” said Richard D. White Jr., dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. “Thanks to Emmet and Toni’s generosity, the cost of additional credit hours will not deter interested and ambitious students from the program.”

Five students – Bethani Dopson of Baton Rouge, La.; Walter L. Scott of Sulphur, La.; Kayne Lynne of Shreveport, La.; Daniel Ellender of Mer Rouge, La. and Charles Soileau of Baton Rouge, La. - received the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Scholarship during the 2018-2019 school year.  These students were also part of the college’s Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

Scholarship selections are made at least twice a year. The competitive application process is managed by the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems.

Bethani Dopson headshotBethani Dopson
Walter ScottWalter L. Scott
Kayne Lynn HeadshotKayne Lynn
Daniell Ellender headshotDaniel Ellender
Charles SoileauCharles Soileau

About Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

The mission of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is to promote and foster entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach and research. An integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, the SEI utilizes its various programs and other means to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. A generous donation by LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson made the continued development of the college’s entrepreneurship institute possible. For more information, visit the SEI website or call 225-578-0313.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business