Grambling State Student Entrepreneurs Win $10,000 in Startup Support

BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program invests cash and training in GSU’s Golden Pitch Winners

This week, seven Grambling State University student entrepreneurs were rewarded more than $10,000 in support for their startups through the Golden Pitch Business Model Competition sponsored by BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP).

“This competition is helping young innovators hone their business skills and bring to life their own dreams,” said Donald White, Dean of the College of Business. “They’re learning that their innovative ideas can become much more than a thought — they have viable businesses they are growing.”

The Golden Pitch, one of three Louisiana university business plan competitions that make up the Grand Prix program, attracted 14 student teams from Grambling State University. Student entrepreneur teams received training and mentorship from local entrepreneurs, investors, and faculty members in hopes of winning one of three cash prizes, scholarships to Louisiana Startup Prize 2019 and the Patent Academy, and one year of business services from EAP.

This year’s winners include:

Screen Shot 2018-11-17 at 4.11.20 AM$3,000 Cash Grand Prize Winners 
Jarrid Richards, Kerwan Antoine, and Casey Henry

$1,000 Cash Runner Up
Sherdica Moses

$500 Cash Third Place
Latina Jones and Faron Rush

“One of EAP’s objective is to foster entrepreneurial education at the university level,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director of EAP. “We think the best way to grow an entrepreneurial-minded ecosystem is to expose students to an environment that celebrates their innovation. Through EAP’s Grand Prix college business plan competitions, we are guiding students and young entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, taking them from concept to reality.”

For more information on this year’s winning ideas or the Golden Pitch, please contact or (318) 243-5012.

Feeding America CEO & Former Wal-Mart Exec to Keynote Grambling State Graduation

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot to share  December 14 at University’s Fall Commencement Headshot-Fontentot-Claire

GRAMBLING, LA — November 16, 2018 – Today, Grambling State University announced Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot will keynote the University’s, December 14, 2018 Fall Commencement.
Babineaux-Fontenot has earned national recognition for her humanitarian work, growing up as one of 108 siblings, and serving as Wal-Mart’s former Executive Vice President of Finance and Global treasurer.

“Mrs. Babineaux-Fontenot’s long record of service is one we can all learn from,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are grateful and excited for our students to hear how they can leverage their Louisiana education to change the world.”

Babineaux-Fontenot’s long record of service includes serving on the national board of directors for National Urban League, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the Association of Latino Professionals for America, and the National Association of Black Accountants.  
Members of the media are invited to join graduates, families, and the University at

Grambling State University Commencement, Fall 2018 
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Grambling State University
100 North Stadium Drive
Grambling, LA 71245

For event media credentials or interview scheduling, please contact or (318) 243-5012.


Grambling State University Wins Best HBCU in a Record Five Categories

President Rick Gallot named Best Leader for Second Consecutive Year

GRAMBLING, LA — November 15, 2018 — Grambling State University set a new record winning top honors in five categories at the 2018 HBCUGrow LEAD Awards – including recognition for President Rick Gallot in the best leadership category for the second consecutive year.

The University earned top recognition in five categories including:


Best Leadership
Platinum Award, People’s Choice
President Rick Gallot, Grambling State University
(tie) President Walter Kimbro, Dillard University

Platinum Award, People’s Choice
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Best Website
Platinum Award, People’s Choice
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Best Marketing
Platinum Award, People’s Choice
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Platinum Award
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“When I was appointed President, Dr. Dan Reneau told me it was our generation’s time to be the leadership this University needs,” said President Gallot. “It’s amazing to be recognized with Dr. Kimbrough, who is uncontestably one of America’s best leaders in higher education.”

The Best Leadership award is given to an active president of a historically black college and university at the HBCUGrow Lead Conference; one of the country’s fastest-growing university leadership training events.

This and Grambling State’s other recognitions follow just one week after the University raised a record $1.3 million in its 2018 Bring it Home fundraising campaign. Other recent successes include, an approval to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity and a 100 percent increase in the University’s fiscal health.

“It is a great time for Grambling State,” said Marc Newman, VP for Advancement, Research, and Economic Development. “From our faculty and students to every team member and sponsor, there’s a collective effort to move forward. It’s an honor to have our progress recognized by our peers.”

Winners were selected in several categories based on peer nominations and input and data reviews by a panel of judges.  This year’s categories included LEAD Innovation, LEAD Marketing, LEAD Website, LEAD Military-Friendly and Best Leadership.


About Grambling State University

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit



New Startup Competition To Award $4,500 To Student-Grown Businesses

image001Grambling State University (GSU) and BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP), which specializes in stimulating entrepreneurship opportunities in Northwest Louisiana, have partnered to bring The Golden Pitch competition to the GSU campus. The competition is designed to support student innovation and will conclude at The Golden Pitch event, which will take place on November 15, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Grambling Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Grambling State Alumna Miechelle Willis to Keynote Eddie G. Robinson Lecture Series

willis-miechelleFormer NCAA and Big 10 Sports Administrator to share with student-athletes and community

Grambling State University will host the 3rd Annual Eddie G. Robinson Sr. Leadership Lecture Series convocation on November 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium. The speaker will be Miechelle Willis.

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GSU Alumnus Becomes First African American mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana

District 26 State Rep. Jeff Hall made history Tuesday night, becoming the first African American to be elected mayor of Alexandria.Jeff Hall

Hall, a former Cleco executive, received 53 percent of the vote and beat his closest challenger by more than 2,400 votes.

The Grambling State University accounting graduate also worked for the city of Alexandria for seven years in the 1970s before going to work for the Central Louisiana Legal Services and the Rapides Parish Police Jury. He joined Cleco in 1981, where he worked for 32 years.

In addition to serving in the Louisiana Legislature, Hall is the former chairman of the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA) as well as the Alexandria Central Economic Development District (ACEED). Hall also served on the Rapides Hospital Board of Trustees.

President Rick Gallot and the Grambling State University family congratulate Mayor-Elect Hall and wish him great success.


Register Today! GSU’s Next High School Day, February 16, 2019

It’s never too early to start the path to become a Tiger! This Spring Grambling State will welcome thousands of families, prospective students, and leaders to its 2019 Spring High School Day – February 16.

Graphic-square-highschoolday-s19High School day is a high-energy, day-long opportunity to experience college. Students from high schools across the state and nation will get to experience: Continue reading

Stephon Wilson to Represent Grambling State at International Manufacturing Conference

Wilson-StephonStephon Wilson, a junior Business Management and Computer Information Systems major, will represent Grambling State University at the 2018 Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA’s) Annual Private Label Trade Show November 11-13 in Chicago, Illinois.

Wilson, who was nominated by GSU’s Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Donald White, will shadow and get real-time pitch experience and mentorship from retailers and buyers for large brands. Last year’s mentor companies included big names such as Walmart, Whole Foods, Hormel Foods, Wegmans, H-E-B, and 45 others Continue reading

Statement of Condolences from Grambling State University and President Rick Gallot

On behalf of the entire Grambling State University family, I express my deepest condolences to the family of Jayla Gray and to President Lee and the entire Alcorn State University campus community. We here at Grambling State were greatly saddened to hear of your loss and share our deepest sympathy in this difficult hour. We will keep each of you in our thoughts and prayers.
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