Frank J. Culotta, Jr., M.D. gives back to his alma mater through academics, athletics and volunteerism.

Frank J. "Jay" Culotta, Jr., M.D., takes great pride in helping UL students … in so many ways.  Years of involvement on several UL committees and boards, including the UL Foundation Board of Trustees, the UL Alumni Council, the Ragin’ Cajun Athletics Foundation (RCAF) Board, just to name a few, have centered around providing support for UL students.

Dr. Culotta’s latest commitment to serve on The Campaign for Scholarships at UL is yet another way in which the Lafayette ophthalmologist is reaching out to assist UL students with their college education. The goal of UL’s scholarship campaign is to increase scholarship endowments by 20% (approximately $4.5 million) to coincide with university president Dr. Joe Savoie’s vision of increasing student enrollment by 20%.

As a 1975 summa cum laude graduate of then-USL, Culotta enjoyed the benefits of scholarship support. Today he is giving back to scholarship so that current students will reap rewards similar to those that he enjoyed as a student. As part of the university’s scholarship campaign, Culotta has pledged to establish a $100,000 endowed first generation scholarship.

Culotta’s parents, Frank and Marietta Culotta, were first generation born in America, and they both graduated in 1950 from then-SLI (Southwestern Louisiana Institute). As first generation college students they started the family tradition of earning a college degree, and that tradition helped form a path for their son’s many academic successes. Those successes parlayed into his involvement with and support of UL.

"It is important for those of us who have benefitted from a college education to give back what we can … time, talent and/or treasure … to the institutions that helped provide a platform for us to grow as people and professionals in our chosen fields," Culotta says. "Helping today’s UL students, by giving back in ways that I can, is tremendously rewarding."

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