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GSU Spotlight: How I Graduated from Grambling State Student-Debt Free

By Stephanie Lindsey

Each year, many young people achieve the milestone of college graduation.  The joyous occasion full of cheers and tears signals to most students that they are collecting their ticket to the world of “true adulthood”. Endia Green

For some, a dream job is around the corner. For others, the pursuit of a graduate degree is the next stop along the path.  No matter the direction, data from American Student Assistance shows that more than 70 percent of recent graduates received a bill with the rite of passage of graduation. 

While student debt is often viewed as a required burden for most college students, there are great stories to show you can avoid the lifetime bill, if you have a plan. 

4 Tips for Students Wanting to Graduate Debt Free – A Biology Major’s  Story

Endiah Green, a Spring 2018 Biology graduate of Grambling State accomplished the seemingly impossible – graduating with her Bachelor’s degree debt free.

When asked what advice she would give to other students looking to graduate debt free, Green gave the following tips:

1) Maintain your GPA

“Maintaining a high GPA is critical.  This makes you eligible for a larger population of scholarships and internships,” said Green.

2) Get a Job and Work, Work, Work 

“I recommend getting a job whether on-campus, through a co-op, or internships. This helps keep money in their pockets and make payments towards tuition and school expenses like books.”

3) Be Conservative in How Much You Borrow 

“I saw some out loans to ‘live big’ on student loan money, ” said Greem. She recommends to students, “they should take out the lowest amount possible. This makes the loans easier to pay back”.  Students must also remember that all money borrowed will have to be paid back with interest later.”

4) Budget for Your Graduation Finish Line

Looking back, Green knows that as she sat in a crowded assembly center surrounded by her peers, behind the majority of those black robes sat people in mountains of student loan debt.

“My advice for those graduates looking to pay off loan debt would be to create a budget around your student loans in order to prioritize paying them off,“ advised Green. 

Endiah’s Biggest Challenge Along the Way

“My biggest struggle was finding and getting scholarships that would help me pay for school while constantly working.  Sometimes opportunities were presented to me.  Other times, I really had to do the groundwork and search for them on my own,” said Green.

So, whether you’re a Freshman just starting out your college career or nearing graduation, take note of this great advice if to graduate debt free (or at least with a little less).

 For more information on scholarships and other financial assistance, visit GSU’s Office of Financial at

Your National Alumni Convention “Trip Advisor” for July 12 –15, Register Now

GramBringSaveDate1200x1106ImagePostDon’t miss out! Scroll for tips to make your Grambling University National Alumni Convention planning easy.  

Grambling Hotspots – Places to Know:

  • New! Legends Square Shopping Center
    Your last-minute shopping needs don’t require a trip to Ruston. The new Legends Square features Legends Market (grocery store), Dollar Tree and Hibbett Sports, as well as the Legends Walk of Fame park where you can view a list of Grambling’s greats. Check out the plaza conveniently located right off Exit 81 on the RWE Jones Drive / Hwy 149 one mile north of GSU’s campus.
  • Eddie G. Robinson Museum – Tours Available! Join us on a tour to learn about the legend, Eddie G. Robinson, GSU Athletics, and their outstanding contributions to the state of Louisiana, the nation, the world, and the game of football.
  • McCall Dining Center – GSU’s historic campus “café” has a new look. Stop by for snacks, coffee, or even a meal while you check out the additions of “Grambling spirited” updates.
  • GSU Official Bookstore : While you’re visiting campus, don’t forget to swing by the Official GSU Bookstore and update your wardrobe with some new GSU gear!
  • Grambling Village: When was the last time you visited the village? Stop by to check out visit iconic Grambling staples and a few new additions where you can eat, shop, and connect.

While you are on campus visiting for this year’s National Alumni Convention, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the growth on campus and in the Community. 

Semester Successes: Grambling State’s KGRM Funds $53,000 in Student Scholarships

KRGM-Student ScholarsThe tagline for KGRM, Grambling State University’s 50,000-watt radio station, is “Giving You Music and More…” and this spring for fifty-three fortunate students, the “more” was a $1,000 scholarship. The money was raised through a radiothon hosted by the station in partnership with the Grambling State’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Funds raised are used for scholarships and recruiting.

“I believe students need all the help that they can get,” said Joyce Evans, general manager of KGRM. “Not having to worry about having enough money to pay their fees gives them more time to work harder on their studies.”

Now in its sixth year, the 12-hour radiothon is held annually on the Friday before each homecoming game. Alumni, churches, local businesses, university administrators and employees, and station listeners are among the growing list of persons who participate in the on-air giving activity by taking their donations to the radio station, which is located in the Allen Williams Annex in the Washington-Johnson Complex on the campus. The scholarships are awarded each spring semester.

Save the Date: 2018 Radiothon, November 2
This year’s radiothon, chaired by Dr. Edrene Frazier, associate professor of mass communication, is scheduled for Friday, November 2.

The scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students (who are not pursuing a doctorate) who are in good standing with the university and have an overall grade point average of 2.5. Each potential recipient must also submit a 500-word essay expressing a need for the scholarship.

For more information on KGRM, the radiothon, or the scholarships, contact Joyce Evans at 318.274-6343 or

About KGRM
KGRM-FM is a 50,000-watt non-commercial educational radio station licensed to Grambling State University with a dual purpose of a laboratory function for students in the Department of Mass Communication and service to the community. KGRM is on the air for 24 hours a day, through the automation system operating on the 91.5 frequency. It offers a variety of music, news, sports and public affairs programming. The station is run by students and supervised by an Operations Manager. The students always exhibit an incredible work ethic, a strong belief in the power of education and an unwavering devotion to Grambling State University and Community.

Grambling State Extends Broderick Fobbs Contract to 2022

By Brian Howard, GSU Sports Information Director
GRAMBLING, LA GSU Head Football Coach Broderick Fobbs–  June 21, 2018 – Grambling State University received approval from the University of Louisiana System on Thursday to extend the contract of the University’s head football coach Broderick Fobbs through the 2022 season.

“Coach Fobbs and his team have done a phenomenal job building the Grambling State program and investing in our student-athletes both on and off the field,” said Athletics Director, Paul Bryant. “We look forward to continuing the legacy of success.”

Fobbs returned to his alma mater in December 2013 and has led the Tigers to a 39-11 overall record in four seasons. Those wins include the University’s first HBCU National Championship since 2008.  Under Fobbs, the team is 32-2 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play and has won back-to-back conference championships in 2016 and 2017. These achievements have contributed to Fobbs winning the SWAC Coach of the Year honor for four consecutive years.

“Grambling State is not just my alma mater, it is home for my family,” Fobbs said. “It’s a blessing to live and work at a school you truly love.”

Under Coach Fobbs’ leadership, Grambling State’s championship program has produced five National Football League (NFL) players. They include Chester Rodgers (Indianapolis Colts), Chad Williams (Arizona Cardinals) and three contracted free-agents, Martez Carter (Washington Redskins), Montrel Meander (Cleveland Browns) and Trent Scott (Los Angeles Chargers).

“What (Coach Fobbs) has done here at Grambling has been special,” said former Grambling State head baseball coach Wilbert Ellis said. “Four years ago he came here and has continually built this program. You can see success on the field.”

Grambling State is set to open the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. facing the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 6pm in Lafayette, La.

For interviews or more information on Grambling State Athletics, contact Brian Howard at 302.258.7461 or

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Summer Learning: 2018 Camps on Campus at Grambling State University

GSU 2018 summer camps bannerThis year’s summer camps are getting a new twist at Grambling State. Check out our growing list of summer camps and learning opportunities for age 4 and up!

Camp Topics

  • Science & Technology
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Sports
  • Arts


Coding & Robotics Workshop
June 11 – 14 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Registration: $85
Instructed by Mr. Lane Elien
Ages: 8-16 (CEU-SC 002)
Campers will then learn the basics of electrical circuits and computer science, how to leverage programming, and put to work and present their learning using robotics.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Introduction to Embedded Computing & the Internet of Things (IOT)
July 2-3 and 9-10th | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Registration: $65
Instructed by Mr. Lane Elien
Ages: 12 and older (CEU-SC 003)
Learn about embedded computers and how the IoT powers almost all of our worlds including cars, displays, computers, and more
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

PLC-Programmable Logic Controller Workshop

July 16-17th, 23rd – 24th | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration:  $35
All Ages (CEU-SC 004)
Instructor: Mr. Lane Elien
Get training and started on your career path to work  in control and automation. Learn skills you can leverage to work with sensors, circuits, actuators, and the logic programming driving today’s innovations.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

The Use of Biotechniques in the Environment
June 6, 1 – 5pm | Cost: $15
Ages 11-13 (CEU-SC 005)
Instructed by Dr. Waneene Dorsey
Students will learn how to perform biotechniques used in chromatography, DNA extraction, cell type identification, protein migration, & water quality analysis on pond water.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Big Data Science Camp
June 25 – 28, 2018, 9am – 4:30pm and Friday, June 29, 2018 from 9am – 12pm
Rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
Learn how data analysis skills can lead to a variety of jobs as athletic agents, music producers, marketing managers, military leadership, financial advisors, scientists, and more.
To register, complete the Big Data Science Camp Application

Provost Leadership Camp – Session I & II
June 18 – 22 & June 25 -29 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration Fee: $75
Instructed by Dr. Ellen D. Smiley
For ages 10 to 12 (CEU-HON 0001)
From reading and writing help to public speaking and foreign language tips, join GSU’s provost and campus mentors as they help build the next generation of leaders.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Kid’s Educational and Recreational Camp
June 4 – 8 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration Fee: $35 (includes lunch)
Instructed by Ms. Daphne Tolliver
For ages 7-12 (CEU-SC 006)
Get your child engaged in a variety of physical and educational activities – including arts and crafts, sports, culture, field trips and much more.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.


Straight Talk for Youth Empowerment
June 11 – 15 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration $35
Instructed by Ms. Cassandria Peoples
Ages 12-18 (CEU-SW 001)
From goal setting and interpersonal skills to team building and quality leadership, this camp focuses on developing well-rounded student leaders.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.
Donte’ Jackson Men’s Basketball Summer Camp
June 11-13, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Cost: $100
Ages from 5-14 (Boys and girls)
Contact:  Kyle Jones: (870) 329-0499; Demetrius Moore: (414) 292-6366
To register, visit
Volleyball Skills Camp (Two Dates)
June 25, 2018 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and July 15, 2018 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center | GSU Men’s Gymnasium
Cost: $50 (each)
Contact: Demertria Johnson: (318) 497-3190 or
To register, visit


Freddie Murray Skills and Drills Basketball Camp
June 18-22, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Cost: $100 ($25 non-refundable deposit required) or $25 per day
Ages: 8-13 (Boys and girls)
Contact: Isayra Diaz: (318) 274-6282 or
To register, visit

Women’s Soccer College Bound Camp
July 6-9, 2018
Ages: Girls 13 – Junior College Transfers
Cost: Overnight Camper: $325; Commuter: $130
Contact: Justin Wagar:
To register, visit


Youth Soccer Camp
July 30-31, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Registration: $10 or $5 per day
Ages: 4 to 14 (Boys and girls)
Contact: Justin Wagar:
Camp Information:



Fabric Art & Handmade Vintage Craft Day Camp
July 10 – 12 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructed by Dr. Frankie Rabon | Cost: $60
Contact: Dr. Frankie Rabon:
No age restriction
Get expert help with a 3-day fabric art project to help renovate your space, office, or just to make a great gift.  Past projects include Kentucky heritage bears, embroidery projects, dolls made from everyday socks, friendship bracelets, and more.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.


More Camps

Check this list weekly for updates on summer camps, and if you know of any camps we should share, email us at


Advancing Grambling State University

Angel Investor Initiative Funds Technology & Entrepreneurship Exposure for Students & Faculty

NLAF 2 By Jovan Hackley

The New Louisiana Angel Fund 2 (NLAF 2), a $3 million angel investment fund made up of about 60 accredited angel investors and companies, announced its partnership with Grambling State University and five additional institutions.

“With this NLAF 2 partnership we hope to open the world of investing and entrepreneurship to promising students in North Louisiana, who we believe will become active entrepreneurs or supporters of the startup community,” said John F. George Jr., M.D., President and CEO of Building Our Region (BRF).BRF has provided $75,000 for the participating universities to become members of the fund.

“Investing in a knowledge-based economy while at the same time diversifying our region’s economy through the launch of innovative, high-growth startups is a win-win for BRF, North Louisiana and our partner universities.”

More than 40 of the Angel Capital Association’s (ACA) 260 member groups, like NLAF 2, have a similar connection to a partner university. Examples include the Duke Angel Network, the Harvard Business Alumni Angels of Greater New York and Notre Dame’s inspired angel group, Irish Angels.

“Ultimately our goal is to provide an invaluable opportunity for our local colleges of business to become more knowledgeable, involved and supportive of the entrepreneur ecosystem that NLAF and others are building and promoting in this region,” said Dr. George.

“We know that North Louisiana and the Universities that line I-20 corridor produce the graduates that are innovating throughout our state,” said Marc Newman, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Research, & Economic Development of Grambling State University.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with current and future business leaders who are recognizing and bringing to life more opportunities in technology and entrepreneurship.”

NLAF 2 is the second fund of its kind to be launched by BRF. The New Louisiana Angel Fund 1 (NLAF 1), launched in 2015 at $2.6 million, has funded 13 North Louisiana-based high-growth startups.

For more information on Building Our Region or the New Louisiana Angel Fund 2 (NLAF 2), visit

Graduation Replay: Grambling State Commencement 2018 Photos, Video, & Spotlight Stories

DSC_7133Congratulations to the Grambling State University Spring Class of 2018. We know you will celebrate your accomplishments for years to come.

To help, here’s a replay of graduation and a few photos and stories to help you remember the results of your hard work.

About the Spring 2018 Commencement:

Graduation Photos, Spring 2018

Watch the Broadcast


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adidas_graphics-gsulogo-webGRAMBLING, La. | Grambling State University Athletics and adidas today announced a multi-year partnership in which the Portland, Ore., based company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand of the Tigers through the 2022-2023 season.

“We are extremely thrilled to be embarking on an exciting new partnership with adidas,” Grambling State Director of Athletics Paul A. Bryant said. “Our comprehensive agreement will provide the highest quality look and feel for the highest levels of athletic competition. We are excited to make adidas products available to our student-athletes and have their iconic brand across our department.”

“Our mission is to help athletes perform better and we seek to inspire through our products, our style and in communities. We’re looking forward to partnering with Grambling State Athletics to help them execute their mission to build on their national reputation of winning championships, graduating students and devolving leaders,” said Jim Murphy, director of NCAA Sports Marketing at adidas North America. “We’re excited to be a part of Grambling State’s commitment to providing student-athletes the opportunity to successfully compete at the highest level of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics and we’ll bring our newest and most innovative high-performance products to the Tigers over the next five years.”

Adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to make all athletes better. adidas is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 100 collegiate programs including Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Texas A&M. adidas has marketing agreements with the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS).

CONTACT: Brian | (318) 274-6414
Sports Information Director, Grambling State University

Beyoncé & Google Award Grambling State $25,000

BEYGood Initiative Partners to Award Additional $100,00 to four more HBCUs
BeyGood HBCU Scholarships
GRAMBLING, LA — April 23, 2018 – One day after closing out a history-making Coachella performance, artist Beyonce and her BEYGood initiative announced a partnership with Google to award another $100,000 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities that will include Grambling State University for the 2018-19 academic year.

“We’re so grateful to Beyoncé and the generous team at Google,” says Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “They are both stellar examples of how individuals from all over can help support and empower the important work at HBCUs.”

The contribution to Grambling State will support the University’s continual leadership in STEM fields. The University is the #1 producer of African-American Computer Science graduates in the state.

“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” states Maab Ibrahim, a program manager. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”

For media interviews and more information on Grambling State University, email or call (318) 243-5012.

To show your support for Grambling State, visit

Demolition at Grambling State for Intramural Center Expansion

C.D. Harris Natatorium Demolition Makes Way for New Intramural Center
GRAMBLING, LA — April 20, 2018 – On April 23, 2018 construction crews will kick off demolition of one of Grambling State’s oldest student facilities to make way for the University’s Intramural GSU Natatorium 2018Center Expansion slated for completion Fall of 2019.

The Intramural Expansion project, an $8.5 million renovation and expansion, launches as a series of construction projects kick off at Grambling State this spring.  “We’re on the grow,” said Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “That means our facilities have to advance to better match the needs and demands of our students.”

Grambling State’s Intramural Center is home to more than 100 health and fitness programs that serve students, faculty, and community members. Two-Term Student Government Association President, Adarian Williams, who has attended Grambling schools since elementary, said “The Intramural Center plays an integral role in the student and community experience. This expansion will enhance the Grambling experience for incoming generations of students and their families.”

During the construction period, the Intramural Center programs will continue to operate out of several student life facilities on campus.
Expansion plans include a pool addition, training facilities, and study and programming space.
For media access and coverage video of the demolition project, please contact Jovan Hackley at or call (318) 243-5012.