May 20, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) announced on Friday the establishment of the Skip Bertman Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will benefit the LSU baseball program, and it was established in honor of legendary coach Skip Bertman, who guided LSU to five College World Series titles during his career from 1984-2001, and served as LSU Athletic Director from 2001-2008.
The Skip Bertman Endowed Scholarship Fund is a product of the TAF Foundation of Champions Scholarship Endowment Program, which began in 1999 and has seen steady growth over its 17-year existence. The fund will serve as a permanent reminder of the legacy the Bertman has left upon LSU Baseball, LSU Athletics, and the Baton Rouge community.
The fund is the second scholarship established in Bertman’s name at LSU. There is also an academic scholarship established through the LSU Foundation in honor of Bertman that is awarded to undergraduate students that exhibit strong leadership skills throughout their high school careers.
“Coach Bertman always stressed to his players that the ultimate goal was to be a winner in the game of life,” said TAF President and CEO Rick Perry. “The two scholarships represent his belief in the vital role education plays in achieving that goal and his dedication to Louisiana State University and Tiger athletics. We thank all the donors who funded these scholarships honoring Coach Bertman and whose generosity will impact LSU students for generations to come.”
The purpose of the program is to provide a perpetual source of financial support for athletic scholarships through a general scholarship endowment fund. Earnings generated from the endowed scholarship fund will be used to offset the scholarship costs for current and future student-athletes.
The program is sustained by the generous donations of individuals who are passionate about the education of LSU student-athletes.
As costs for scholarships continue to climb, building a healthy endowment is vital to the future success of LSU Athletics. Those interested in learning more about the program should visit www.lsutaf.org/skip or contact the TAF Development office at 225-578-4823.