by Leah Jackson

A Northwestern State University family recognized a loved one by creating a scholarship that will awarded to an upper-level student in the radiologic sciences. The Wilma Ortigo Reich Scholarship was created by NSU Director of Photographic Services Chris Reich and his father Lewis Reich. Mrs. Reich passed away in 2018.

Wilma Reich graduated from Northwestern State in 1976 and spent most of her career at Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport, retiring as chief of ultrasound. During her career she advocated to close pay disparities among her staff and was a dedicated employee.

“She was there most of my childhood,” Chris Reich said.  “I distinctly remember her taking calls often so that she shared the load with her other techs.  Beyond that she was a great mom, loved to decorate for the holidays, baked, loved tending to her garden and before her death traveling a lot.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average.

“The criteria we both agreed on was that it went to someone who needed and deserved it, not someone who just made the best grades. We wanted it to have a meaningful impact,” Reich said.

Friends can contribute to the scholarship by visiting

Individuals interested in establishing a scholarship in honor of or in memory of a loved one can reach out to the NSU Foundation Development staff by calling Director of Development Jill Bankston at (318) 357-4241 or Assistant Director of Donor Relations Cristy Bernard at (318) 357-4292.

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