Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond has announced a $10 million bequest from the estate of alumnus Seth W. Ryan in support of scholarships for female students.
The largest single gift in the university's 92-year history will be added to the Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation Scholarship Endowment. In honor of his wife, Thelma McNamara Nicaud Ryan, who was unable to attend college, Ryan outlined that income from the gift be used to provide scholarships for female students in specific academic disciplines. In recognition of the gift, the university will rename its Biology Building the Thelma McNamara Nicaud Ryan Science Building. All programs housed within the building will offer scholarships made possible by the bequest.
A 1953 Southeastern business graduate, Seth W. Ryan passed away in January.
"Seth Ryan's deep generosity will benefit female students in perpetuity," said Southeastern president John L. Crain. "In honoring his wife, Thelma, he has established a legacy that will provide generations of women with the opportunity to benefit from strong careers and better futures."