Monday, October 6, 2014

Thomas and Constance Kitchen Donate $60,000 to Endow First Generation Scholarship

University of New Orleans Homer L. Hitt Alumni CenterTom and Connie Kitchen, first-generation UNO alumni, donated $60,000, that was matched by a $40,000 gift from the Board of Regents to establish a $100,000 endowment for the Kitchen Family First Generation Scholarship

University of New Orleans alumni Thomas and Constance Kitchen have donated $60,000 to help endow a first generation scholarship at UNO. The Kitchens’ gift received a $40,000 match from the Louisiana Board of Regents for a $100,000 endowment for the Kitchen Family First Generation Scholarship.
Every year, the scholarship is expected to provide $4,000 in funding for first-generation undergraduate students. The University will also furnish the recipient with a paid on-campus job and an additional 10 hours per week of support from academic advisers. In addition to being a first-generation college student, recipients must also be a Louisiana resident who has been awarded a federal Pell Grant.
“We have a strong commitment to education and especially to the secondary and higher educational institutions like UNO, where we were students in the 1960s,” Thomas Kitchen said. “The University gave us a great education that was the affordable option for our families. Since we were the first to attend and graduate from college, we wanted to help others have the same experience that we did. Whatever success we have enjoyed in life, it is directly attributable to UNO.”
The Kitchens were first-generation college students when they graduated from the University of New Orleans. Thomas Kitchen earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1969 and Constance Kitchen earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1970.
Thomas Kitchen, the former president and chief executive officer of Stewart Enterprises, currently serves on the boards of the UNO Foundation and the UNO Research and Technology Foundation.


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