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Nona Mack-Haynes Scholarship

Mrs. Nona Mack-Haynes, affectionately known as “Mama Plum” was selected as the first coordinator of Summer Scholars. Mama Plum served in that capacity until her retirement in 2001. The Summer Scholars Class of 1995 alums established the Nona Mack-Haynes Scholarship with the goal of endowing the scholarship.

In 2020, Nona Mack Haynes Scholarship was added to the LSU Black Faculty & Staff Caucus Black Scholars Awards Program, which is held each spring semester, to honor students with grade point averages that range from 3.0 to 4.0. The Nona Mack Haynes Scholarship is open to all graduates of the Summer Scholar Program.

2021 Nona Mack-Haynes Scholarship Recipient – Jonathan Aphaiyarath

Jonathan Aphaiyarath is a 2018 SSP alum from New Iberia, Louisiana and majoring in Biological Sciences. Jonathan is a President's Millennial Scholar and serves as a Peer Mentor for the LSU College of Science and the LSU University College's Student Support Services program. 

When asked what does, “Once A Scholar, Always A Scholar” mean to you, Jonathan shared, “When I hear "Once a scholar, always a scholar," I immediately think of the strong network and support system the Summer Scholars Program has provided me. I find comfort in these words because I am so grateful for the immediate connection I can have with a fellow Summer Scholar, whether they were from my class or another class of Summer Scholars. There is this sense of unity and pride that is incomparable to any other, knowing that there is a large community of Summer Scholars on campus to support you.”

Jonathan shared this special message, “LSU Summer Scholar Alum Donors and Mrs. Nona Mack-Haynes ‘Mama Plum’. Thank you for the generous donation of Nona Mack Haynes Scholarship Award. I am so thankful and excited to receive this award. Thanks to your generosity, the scholarship alleviates some of the stress that our family holds and will allow me to focus more on my academics as I now have two semesters left of my academic career here at LSU!”