Giving in honor of those who gave
Christian’s Legacy scholarship benefits a student enrolled in and currently attending a Louisiana school whose immediate family member was an organ donor, and in keeping with encouraging giving this month, we’re pleased to share this beautiful story brought to us by the Community Foundation of Acadiana.
Established after the tragic death of Christian Nelson in 2013, this scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students who are in pursuit of a degree, from any two or four-year college or university in Louisiana.
Upon his death, Christian’s family decided to donate his organs which saved numerous lives. Since then, his parents Jennifer and Hans Nelson have actively educated the community about the importance of organ donation, including creating this scholarship fund to honor his life. As part of the application process for the scholarship, applicant Natalie LeJeune was required to submit an essay sharing her experience through the process of loss and organ donation of a family member. She did, and she won.
As the first recipient of the $1,000 scholarship, Natalie is a public relations major at the UL at Lafayette, and her inspiring essay was about her brother Nathan Scott LeJeune. “I can remember the day that changed my life forever, February 14, 2010; the day I received the news that my brother, Nathan, was tragically killed. Having an immediate family member die was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of Nathan. My brave brother was an organ donor,” LeJeune wrote.
“We are proud to be able to assist a very deserving young lady. We were told that the selection committee had a tough time because all of the applicants were compelling and deserving. Remember, the mission of Christian’s Legacy fund is to assist donor families and we hope to be able to continue offering this scholarship for many years to come,” said Jennifer and Hans Nelson, founders of Christian’s Legacy.