Family Establishes Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship at LSU Eunice in the name of former Eunice resident Elizabeth Stark Faust has been established by Candace and Steve Saucier, Faust's daughter and son-in-law.
The endowment was created to honor the life and achievements of Faust by providing financial support to deserving students in the area.
"At LSU Eunice, we do not take this type of gift lightly. An endowed memorial scholarship honors not only a beloved family member, but also the institution to which it is given," said Madelaine Landry, LSUE Foundation executive director. "The Saucier family has a long history with our campus; their gift means that they recognize what LSU Eunice has meant to them and to the community. Elizabeth Stark Faust was a wife, mother and a teacher. She understood that education is how dreams are realized. Scholarships are how education becomes a reality."
Faust was born Elizabeth Stark in Merryville and was the youngest of eight children. She began her college career at McNeese State University, but put her educational aspirations on hold after marrying Charles Faust after his return from the service. She supported his educational career and became a working mom over the next twenty years. Charles Faust eventually attained his PhD in zoology from LSU and the family moved to Eunice where he began teaching at LSU Eunice.
Elizabeth Faust never gave up her dream of a college degree, and she began taking classes at LSU Eunice while working in the registrar's office on campus. She eventually attained a bachelor's degree from McNeese State and went on to earn a master's degree in education from LSU. Faust then started her teaching career at the Washington Vocational Technical School.
"She loved teaching and working with the students at Washington," said Candace Saucier. "It was not just a job to her, but a way to make a positive impact on the lives of young women by emphasizing the need for education and how it opens up opportunities. She often reminded her classes of her own journey and even though she put her dreams on hold for many years, she eventually fulfilled her dreams of a college education and teaching."
Elizabeth Faust passed away September 19, 2011.
The endowment at LSU Eunice and the resulting scholarship has been established in perpetuity to honor the life and achievements of Faust and recognize the impact she had as a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend.
------June 17, 2013
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