A $600,000 bequest from University of New Orleans alumna Margaret Boudreaux Soniat will benefit student scholarships at her alma mater. Soniat, who passed away in 2013, earned two degrees from the University. The gift has prompted the University to announce that it has a new goal to raise $5 million by the end of 2017.
“We are so grateful to Mrs. Soniat for her generosity,” said President John Nicklow. “The scholarships created by her gift will give deserving students the opportunity to accomplish their academic goals and become part of her enduring legacy for future generations. Her gift has encouraged the University to set its sights higher as we seek to make a University of New Orleans education available to even more qualified students.”
Soniat graduated from the UNO College of Business Administration with a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and an MBA in 1971. As an alumna, she consistently demonstrated her commitment to higher education through her gifts to the Norton Nelkin Philosophy Scholarship and the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Scholarship Fund. She participated in the University’s annual giving program and, after the University received her bequest, she was enrolled in the Legacy Society, which recognizes planned gift donors to the University.
Soniat, a resident of New Orleans, was preceded in death by her husband, Joel M. Soniat. She retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she was a budget analyst.