Dr. Douglas Peterson Memorial Scholarship Award

First Generation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship
(Fund origination date: July 2015)

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Co-sponsored by friends and family of the late Dr. Douglas R. Peterson and the Louisiana Board of Regents Sponsored Programs Fund.

Objectives of the Endowed Scholarships

The objectives of the Endowed Scholarship Program are to enhance the quality of life for low income students and to promote the economic development of Louisiana. The scholarships are flexible and intended to meet the needs of the recipient in the following ways:

  • Provide scholarships that will increase the access of low income 1st generation students;
  • Provide eligible students with structured support through active and engaged advising;
  • Provide eligible student with meaningful campus employment.


  • Student recipients must be Louisiana Residents.
  • Student must be “first-generation college students”, i.e., neither parent nor legal guardian(s) have earned a college degree.
  • Student must be awarded the federal Pell grant.
  • Student must be admitted to the institution awarding the scholarship.
  • Institution officials shall have the primary and final responsibility to determine scholarship recipients.


  • Applicant must be willing to provide proof of first generation college status.
  • Other stipulations may apply. Contact the Director of Advancement at foundation@bpcc.edu for details.
  • Recipients of this award must be willing to participate in BPCC First Generation (Student Success) Mentoring Program.
  • To apply, complete online application online (see link above).
  • Submit completed application and required documents to BPCC Foundation Office by deadline (see application link above).
  • Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

About Dr. Doug Peterson

Dr. Douglas Peterson - the first Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College.
August 12, 1932 - February 15, 2014

Douglas started the Green Acres Junior High band program in 1959 and the Airline High School band program in 1964. He took a sabbatical in 1970 and finished his formal education with a Doctor of Arts in Music at the University of Mississippi. They returned to Bossier City, where he continued as director of Airline's award-winning band, serving also as Assistant Principal of Airline High School in 1973.

While serving as Assistant Principal of Airline High School, Douglas Peterson was appointed to lead a pilot program called Airline thirteenth and fourteenth grades. This program allowed students to receive freshman and sophomore credits from certified Airline High School faculty. Under Dr. Peterson's leadership, he and his outstanding staff and faculty negotiated the separation of the program from pilot status to what is now Bossier Parish Community College. He served as Chancellor for fifteen years, during which time the college received degree-granting authority and, subsequently, full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Peterson was then appointed Superintendent for Bossier Parish Schools.

To honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Peterson, the family of Dr. Peterson has established the Dr. Douglas Peterson Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bossier Parish Community College. A beloved husband, father, musician and educator, Dr. Douglas Peterson will be missed, but not forgotten.

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