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Melinda Mangham’s Legacy Continues

The Ogden Honors College will institute the Melinda W. Mangham Honors College Memorial Scholarship in memory of Melinda Mangham.

Melinda Mangham was a life-long educator who had worked for over 40 years teaching English and advising middle and high school students throughout Louisiana. With the support of her daughter, Elizabeth Mangahm, the Ogden Honors College will institute the Melinda W. Mangham Honors College Memorial Scholarship—providing additional financial support to the high school students of Acadiana.

“It is only fitting that Melinda be remembered by the many students who will attend LSU and the Ogden Honors College due to this scholarship. She was the most devoted educator I have ever known,” said LSU Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle. “Both Mickey and Melinda served for years on the College’s Advisory Council and advocated non-stop for our mission. I will miss her advice, persistence, and wit.”

Mangham started her teaching career at Lee High School in Baton Rouge and later taught at Episcopal HS, Airline HS, Glen Oaks HS, Valley Park Middle School and St. James Episcopal Day School in Baton Rouge before moving to Lafayette where she taught at Lafayette HS until retiring in 2009. In retirement, she became the Ascension Episcopal School All-School Academic Dean, and the Founder and Director of Mangham Academic Planning Strategy where she continued to advise students and help them in their academic careers.

“No one was a braver crusader for education in the Lafayette area than Melinda Mangham. Not only did she work diligently to find the youth of Acadiana perfect collegiate matches, but equipped with her warm smile and endless fountain of knowledge, she never once allowed a student to give up on their ambitions. If not for Mrs. Mangham, I would not have found my home-away-from-home at the Ogden Honors College. She, more than any other teacher I’ve ever had, believed in the inherent goodness of education and its accessibility for all. She will be sorely missed,” said Sophia Brazda—a current student of the Honors College and former student of Mangham’s.

Her list of professional awards and affiliations attests to her active involvement in the community, especially in the area of education. She is a former member of the Ascension Episcopal School Board of Trustees and the Hospice of Acadiana Board of Directors. She has been named an Outstanding Educator by the University of Miami, Texas A&M, MIT, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, a White House Distinguished Teacher twice, and received the Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction Award. Melinda was appointed to the Louisiana Commission on College and Career Readiness by Governor John Bel Edwards. She also served on the University of Louisiana – Lafayette Center of Gifted Education Advisory Board.

Anyone who is interested in donating to the Melinda W. Mangham Honors College Memorial Scholarship can do so by visiting and specifying this fund in the “Other” field. Gifts can also be mailed to us at 3796 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.


The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.