A+ Scholar Wine and Food Tasting event raises money for Nicholls students


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Nicholls State University is holding its annual A+ Scholar Wine and Food Tasting Extravaganza on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union. 

This event is a longstanding tradition at Nicholls. It began almost two decades ago when some community members realized that students needed help affording college tuition.

The event started because the community wanted to help Nicholls students, and it has continued for that same reason. In the past, this event has raised over $300,000 for Nicholls students.

This is the first year that A+ Scholar is done in conjunction with homecoming week. Whether or not this event continues to be a part of homecoming week in the future remains undetermined.

The Wine and Food Tasting Extravaganza is open to community members and Nicholls faculty and staff, as well as any Nicholls students 21 years of age or older. Single tickets cost $50, a couple package costs $75 and a platinum package of twenty tickets costs $500. There are also two larger packages for table sponsors and the headline sponsor which, cost $1,000 and $2,000 respectively.

This event provides an opportunity for local vendors to promote themselves. This year’s event will feature thirty-one vendors, serving samples of their finest food and beverages.

 A silent auction will also be held at the event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All silent auction items have been donated by Nicholls faculty and staff, as well as community members and local businesses.

So far, over 285 tickets have been sold. All proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for Nicholls students. 

“Our goal is to…raise money for scholarships [and] get people on our campus…The community loves the students, and they want to be a part of this,” Monique Crochet, executive director of alumni and external affairs said.