Hahnville High grad Mallory Whitaker awarded LJBLegal scholarship

Published 4:54 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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Mallory Whitaker, a 2024 graduate of Hahnville High School, has been honored with the first-
ever LJBLegal Injury and Disability Scholarship.

Established by local attorney Loyd J. Bourgeois, this scholarship aims to assist students who have experienced the impact of disability or serious injury, either directly or through a loved one.

“Each day, our firm sees the profound effects that disabilities and serious injuries have on our
clients and their families,” said Bourgeois, the founder of Loyd J Bourgeois Accident and Injury Lawyers. “We are thrilled to support determined students like Mallory Whitaker through the
LJBLegal Injury and Disability Scholarship. Her resilience and unwavering spirit in the face of
adversity are truly remarkable. We believe education has the power to transform lives, and this
scholarship is our way of aiding dedicated young individuals to achieve their aspirations despite
the challenges they encounter.”

An accomplished student-athlete, Whitaker has committed to joining the University of Central
Arkansas’ Track and Field team, focusing on Pole Vault. Her notable athletic feats include
setting a school record of 11’9” in pole vault, securing 4th place in Pole Vault and 5th in High
Jump at the state meet, achieving 2nd place in both Pole Vault and High Jump at the regional
meet, and clinching 1st in Pole Vault and 2nd in High Jump at the district meet.

Beyond her athletic excellence, Mallory has demonstrated leadership and active participation
within her school community. She served as a Maid of Honor on the Homecoming Court and
was a member of the swim team. Her dedication to success extends beyond sports, as she has
navigated significant family challenges with grace.

In her scholarship essay, Mallory recounted her family’s journey through her sister’s struggle
with an inoperable brain tumor and hydrocephalus. Olivia’s condition necessitated numerous surgeries, often requiring treatments far from home. Mallory’s essay detailed the emotional and
logistical hardships her family faced and how these experiences fostered her sense of
responsibility and resilience. She adeptly managed work, school, training, and household duties.

Driven by her personal experiences, Mallory plans to pursue a degree in radiologic sciences at the University of Central Arkansas, aspiring to make meaningful contributions to the medical
The LJBLegal Injury and Disability Scholarship provides $2,000 to support the recipient’s higher
education journey. The funds are distributed as $250 per semester for up to eight semesters,
offering sustained financial assistance throughout the student’s academic career. Bourgeois
established this scholarship to acknowledge the significant impact of disability and serious injury
on individuals and their families. It aims to celebrate the fortitude and perseverance of students
like Mallory, who overcome substantial challenges and emerge stronger.