Student visits State Capitol, leaves with a scholarship

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Breayana Bradley, a Tulane University student who went through the state’s foster care system, and Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, right, posed with state official Chip Coulter after Cox gave Bradley a scholarship. (Photo: Joy Bruce)

Devon Sanders

Breayana Bradley, a Tulane student who went through the state’s foster care system, arrived at the Capitol Friday to speak up for state funding for foster care programs when she had a chance meeting with Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches.

She left the State Capitol with an unexpected gift — a pledge from Cox to give her a legislative scholarship to fully fund her $52,960-a-year tuition at Tulane.

The lawmaker also vowed to give the scholarship in the future to other students who had been foster children.

“A smile spread across my face and wrapped around my body,” Bradley said in describing her reaction to the offer.

Read the story in The Advocate.

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