Sheriff Craig Webre announced Central Lafourche High School graduate Caleb Jungina has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Norman Swanner Foundation Scholarship award for Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employees and family. He is the stepson of Lieutenant Benjamin Dempster, a supervisor in the Investigations Division. Neal Swanner presented Jungina with his award on July 21, 2020, on behalf of the Norman Swanner Foundation.
Jungina received the $500 scholarship to assist him with expenses as he plans to attend L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College. He plans to enroll in the electrician program to become a certified, licensed electrician.
The Norman Swanner Foundation awards a $500 scholarship annually to one Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employee or immediate family member who plans to enroll in the fall as a full-time student at Nicholls State University or L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College. The scholarship is awarded as a gift, not a loan, to defray the cost of tuition and related expenses in higher education. An independent board of review selects the winner of the scholarship.
The Norman Swanner Foundation is a non-profit organization created in memory of Norman Swanner, a Thibodaux resident who passed away in 2006. Swanner was a City Councilman at the time of his death. Swanner’s daughter, Jamie Beth Swanner, also passed away in 2012. The Foundation funds several awards and scholarships for students at Nicholls State University and several high schools throughout the region.
Due to COVID-19, the scholarship application deadline was pushed back, resulting in a delay in the review process and notification to the recipient.