Thelma L. Bougere was born in LaPlace, Louisiana in 1902 and raised on San Francisco Plantation in St. John the Baptist Parish, one of several family properties. During the Depression, her family moved to New Orleans where she resided until her death in December 1999. Always independent, she was a college graduate, worked for the War Department in WWII, lived alone, never married, and railed at government intrusions. In honor of her independent spirit, John Busenlener (’75), executor of her estate, thought it fitting to establish a scholarship in her memory at the LSU Law Center.
The recipient of this scholarship must be a current or entering full-time student of the Law Center. Preference will be given to a student that demonstrates strong academic peformance. The student may retain the scholarship for additional years if funds are available and they continue to meet all other scholarship requirements.