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    GRANTS, LOANS, AND STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

    The federal financial aid application is used to apply for grants, loans, and the work-study program at colleges.  Online applications are available October 1st for the 2017-18 college year and require the parent to use their income tax return for the 2015 tax year in order to complete portions of the application, Application must be made by July 1st.

    The state of Louisiana also uses the federal financial aid application form to apply for the following TOPS scholarships (Application deadline for these programs is July 1st):

     

    TOPS-OPPORTUNITY:  MINIMUM 2.5 Core Curriculum GPA, MINIMUM 20 ACT COMPOSITE, and 19 CORE UNITS.  PAYS LOUISIANA PUBLIC TUITION.

     

    TOPS-PERFORMANCE: MINIMUM 3.0 Core Curriculum GPA, MINIMUM 23 ACT COMPOSITE, and 19 CORE UNITS.  PAYS LOUISIANA PUBLIC TUITION PLUS $400 per year.

     

    TOPS-HONORS:  MINIMUM 3.0 Core Curriculum GPA, MINIMUM 27 ACT COMPOSITE, and 19 CORE UNITS.  PAYS LOUISIANA PUBLIC TUITION PLUS $800 per year.

     

    TOPS-TECHNICAL: MINIMUM 2.5 Core Curriculum GPA, MINIMUM 17 ACT COMPOSITE, and 21 UNITS that comprise the TOPS Tech Jump Start core Curriculum. PAYS LOUISIANA PUBLIC TUITION ONLY.

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  • UNIVERSITY PRIORITY DEADLINES FOR APPLICATION/SCHOLARSHIPS

    (please visit the website to apply and to double-check application deadline dates—they are subject to change)

     

    • McNeese – 1st priority is December 1, 2019 and final is March 1, 2020
    • Tulane – early action (non-binding) November 15, 2020, early decision (binding) November 1, 2020
    • LSU – priority: December 15, 2020
    • University of Louisiana at Lafayette – January 31, 2020
    • University of New Orleans – February 1, 2020
    • Louisiana College – July 15, 2020, others on a rolling basis
    • University of Louisiana at Monroe –January 31, 2020
    • Louisiana Tech –  January 5, 2020
    • Northwestern – early bird is October 31, 1st priority is December 1
    • Sowela – April 1, 2020
    • Southern at New Orleans –  March 31, 2020
    • Grambling – December 1, 2019
    • Southeastern – January 15, 2020
    • Nicholls University- January 5, 2020
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    COLLEGE SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS

    Most of our state-supported universities choose their recipients from outstanding high school graduates who file an application with the individual university, complete ACT testing by October or December of their senior year with a minimum composite score of 25, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Students should have ACT scores sent directly to colleges.  Application forms can be obtained from the university’s scholarship and testing office. 

     

    LSU

    https://www.lsu.edu/financialaid/types_of_scholarships/other_scholarships/index.php

     

    McNeese

    https://www.mcneese.edu/scholarships/academic-scholarships

     

    LA college

    https://www.lacollege.edu/future-students/grants-scholarships/

     

    Grambling

    http://www.gram.edu/finaid/scholarships/

     

    LA Tech

    https://www.latech.edu/admissions/general-scholarships/#content

     

    Nicholls

    https://www.nicholls.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/current-scholarships/

     

    Southeastern

    https://www.southeastern.edu/admin/fin_aid/scholarships/

     

    Southern University

    http://www.subr.edu/page/external-internal-scholarships

     

    Sowela

    https://www.sowela.edu/admissions/financial_aid/scholarships/

     

    Tulane

    https://admission.tulane.edu/tuition-aid/merit-scholarships

     

    ULM Foundation scholarships

    https://ulm.academicworks.com/

     

    ULL

    https://scholarships.louisiana.edu/node/55

     

    UNO

    https://www.uno.edu/financial-aid/types/scholarships-and-awards

     

    Northwestern

    https://undergradaid.northwestern.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships-grants/northwestern-scholarships.html

     

     

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    INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIPS

    Listed below are the scholarships that are available to children of employees of these companies. 

     

    Citgo Scholarship:  Seniors who are children of Citgo employees or retirees may apply.  Applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.  Scholarship Value is $4,000 per year. 

     

    Conoco/Phillips Scholarship:  Seniors who are children of Conoco employees and retirees may apply.  Scholarship value is $4,000 per year. 

     

    Firestone Tire and Rubber Scholarships:  Students whose parent is an employee of Firestone may apply.  Application must be obtained from the Firestone personnel office.

     

    Pinnacle Scholarship:  Senior whose parent is an employee of Pinnacle may apply.  Applications must be obtained from Pinnacle.

     

    Sasol Scholarship:  Senior whose parent is an employee of Sasol.  Applications must be obtained from Sasol.

     

    Westlake Chemical Scholarship:  Senior whose parent is an employee may apply.  Applications must be obtained from Westlake Chemical. 

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  • OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

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  • FFA SCHOLARSHIP

    • $500 for FFA members or $1,000 for FFA state champion
    • Must be in good standing with FFA and must be attending a Louisiana Community and Technical College
    • Contact corey.alleman@cpsb.org for any questions or information
    • Apply by checking the box on your college registration packet that asks if you were an FFA member
    • Apply while registering for college any time
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  • COURAGE TO GROW SCHOLARSHIP

    • $500
    • Special requirements: minimum 2.5 GPA
    • Essay topic: Please explain in 250 words or less why you believe that you should be awarded this scholarship
    • Contact Information: P.O. Box 2507 Chelan, WA 98816 United States, Phone: (509) 293-1978 
    • How to submit: https://couragetogrowscholarship.com/
    • Deadline: the end of every month
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  • IMAGINE AMERICA FOUNDATION

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  • SCHOLARSHIP POINTS

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  • COLLEGE COVERED

    • $5,000 from a random drawing
    • Contact Information: visit DiscoverStudentLoans.com or call 1-800-STUDENT 
    • How to submit: visit scholarship.collegecovered.com and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form including a valid email address. By entering this Sweepstakes, you will be opted in to receive email-marketing messages; however, if you have previously opted-out of receiving email marketing messages from Sponsor, you will not be added back to the email list. You automatically will receive one (1) entry into the applicable Entry Period drawing.
    • Additional info: you can also get your name in more than once by earning bonus points. Refer to https://scholarship.collegecovered.com/rules.html/?affiliate_id=default details
    • Deadline: the end of every month
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  • DELTA TECH

    • $1,000
    • Community service, transcript, photo, letters of rec
    • Essay:  Outline career goals
    • Course options: paralegal, dental assistant, medical assistant, business management, accounting, information technology, computer application specialist, administrative assistant
    • Applications can be printed at http://deltatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/SCHOLARSHIP-application.pdf
    • How to submit: deliver to Delta Tech Administration Building at 517 Broad St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    • Deadline: apply early—limited number awarded each year
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  • LELA SCHOLARSHIP

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  • LELA QUARTERLY SCHOLARSHIP

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  • WORKFORCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    • For those who want to pursue careers in support of industry in Southwest Louisiana
    • Depending on individual needs, could cover tuition, training costs and other support services
    • Apply year-round online at foundationswla.org
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  • NORWICH UNIVERSITY “TAKE THE LEAD” SCHOLARSHIP

    • $2,000 per year
    • Special requirements: transcript, resume, 2 letters of rec, FAFSA
    • Essay topic: 1-page admissions essay
    • Contact Information: Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663, 802-485-2001
    • How to submit: online at https://www.norwich.edu/admissions/apply
    • Deadline is December 15, 2019
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  • UNIGO $10 K SCHOLARSHIP

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  • LASAFAP SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,000
    • Special requirements: transcript, extracurricular activities, 3 letters of rec, essay, financial need
    • Essay topic: A one page essay outlining the candidate’s future goals and ambitions
    • Contact Information: Peggy Marcel at peggymarcel@tpsd.org
    • How to submit: mail to: LASAFAP Scholarship Committee, ATTN: Peggy Marcel, Chairperson, Terrebonne Parish School System, 7573 Park Avenue, Houma, Louisiana  70364
    • Additional info: come by counselor’s office for application
    • Deadline is January 10, 2020
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  • BIDDY KINCADE SCHOLARSHIP

    • $500
    • Special requirements: transcript, resume with employment and/or volunteer experience, must be an LRPA (Louisiana Recreation and Park Association) member or a child of an LPRA member, at least a 2.5 GPA, 2 letters of rec
    • Essay topic: 1. Please describe any additional paid or volunteer experience related to leisure studies, recreation & parks, sports administration, therapeutic recreation or related fields.
    1. Why are leisure studies, recreation & parks, sports administration, therapeutic recreation or the related fields an important field of study?
    2. In five years, how do you hope to be involved professionally in the field of leisure studies/recreation & parks/therapeutic recreation?
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  • UNIGO 10 THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOU

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  • FREE SPEECH ESSAY CONTEST

    • $500 - $10,000
    • Essay topic: Drawing on the above videos and any other resources available on FIRE’s website, explain in 700-900 words, How might the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech help an unsure student like Jeremy to develop more informed opinions on this and other topics?
    • Contact Information: essaycontest@thefire.org
    • How to submit: https://www.thefire.org/resources/high-school-network/essay-contest/ 
    • Deadline is December 31, 2019
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  • OppU ACHIEVERS

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  • COLLEGE RAPTOR

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  • GE-REAGAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

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  • NAFEPA SCHOLARSHIP

    • $2,500
    • Special requirements: 3 letters of rec, extracurricular activities, transcript
    • Essay topic: 350 -500 word narrative. (See application for details)
    • Contact Information:  chendrix@richland.kl2.la.us or (318) 728-5964 ext. 262
    • How to submit: mail the original and one copy to Christy Hendrix 411 Foster Street Rayville, LA 71269
    • Additional info: 2 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in education and 2 scholarships for any major; application and more details here 
    • Deadline is January 10, 2020
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  • GETTYSBURG COLLEGE EISENHOWER SCHOLARSHIP

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  • CONSOLIDATED GRAIN AND BARGE CO. 

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  • MAHINDRA WOMEN IN AG

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  • METLIFE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

    • $2000
    • Special requirements: FFA student, must pursue a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science, or public service and administration in agriculture.
    • Contact Information: scholarships@ffa.org, 317-802-6099
    • How to submit: the scholarship application must be completed online via the student's Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) account. 
    • Additional info: more details at https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/by-state/louisiana-scholarships/metlife-foundation-scholarship/686
    • Deadline is January 15, 2020
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  • PROFILE IN COURAGE ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP

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  • CATHOLIC YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

    • up to $200 - $4,000
    • Special requirements: must be a Practical Catholic, Nomination form must be signed by the nominee’s Principal or High School Counselor, Pastor and the Grand Knight of the Council submitting the nomination
    • Contact Information: Herb Jacobson, herb.jacobson@live.com, 337-764-0096
    • How to submit: complete application form at http://www.louisianakc.org/programs/cyla/ ,obtain necessary signatures, then submit to local Knights of Columbus Council (see contact info above)
    • Deadline is January 25, 2020
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  • UNIGO DREAM SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,500
    • Essay topic: "We want to know... what do you dream about? Whether it's some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college." (250 words or less)
    • Contact Information: Unigo, 220 NW Eighth Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
    • How to submit: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/i-have-a-dream-scholarship
    • Deadline is January 31, 2020
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  • JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

    • up to $30,000 over four years
    • Special requirements: Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States; Show leadership potential; Demonstrate a dedication to community service; Present evidence of financial need; Be a United States citizen; Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21; headshot; letter of rec; a minority
    • Essay topic: 4 essay questions on online application
    • Contact Information: Headquarters, One Hudson Square, 75 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013-1917, (212) 290 8600
    • How to submit: online at https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/
    • Deadline is February 1, 2020
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  • UNIGO SWEET AND SIMPLE SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,500
    • Essay topic: "Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it's the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you." (250 words or less)
    • Contact Information: Unigo, 220 NW Eighth Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
    • How to submit: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/sweet-and-simple-scholarship
    • Deadline is February 28, 2020
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  • UNIGO SUPERHERO SCHOLARSHIP

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  • OppU ACHIEVERS

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  • AFSA SCHOLARSHIP

    • $2,000
    • Special requirements: submit basic personal information online to enter
    • Contact Information: American Fire Sprinkler Assn., 12750 Merit Drive, Suite 350, Dallas, TX 75251
    • How to submit: https://www.afsascholarship.org/high-school-contest/
    • Additional information: randomly selected by computer-generated drawing
    • Deadline is April 1, 2020
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  • MOSS BLUFF WOMEN’S LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,000 (4 recipients)
    • Special requirements: 20 volunteer hours, female, zip code of 70611 for 50% or more of the school year, min 2.5 GPA, endorsement with letter of rec by a faculty member, admin or counselor, must be typed
    • Essay topic: (250 – 500 words) Describe how volunteer or community service has shaped who you are today. Please include details on how this has impacted your community
    • Contact Information: mbwomensleague@gmail.com
    • How to submit: mailed to Moss Bluff Women’s League C/O Scholarship Program PO Box 12919 Lake Charles, LA 70612 or email to mbwomensleague@gmail.com Subject Line: C/O Scholarship Program
    • Additional info: you will turn in a transcript, an application, proof of volunteer hours, essay and endorsement; applications have been sent as an attachment through your school email or you can email sara.blankenship@cpsb.org
    • Deadline is April 8, 2020
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  • ULRIC PRYCE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    • $2,000
    • Special requirements: minimum 2.5 GPA, rec, transcript, college acceptance letter, ACT scores, wallet photo, teacher rec
    • Essay topic: 2 to 3 paragraphs stating why you feel that you would be a worthy recipient of the Dr. Ulric Pryce Memorial Scholarship
    • Contact Information: P.O. Box 1102, Lake Charles, LA 70602, Tel: 337-377-7193
    • How to submit: mail to Scholarship Committee, Zeta Psi Lambda Chapter, P.O. Box 1102, Lake Charles, LA 70602-1102
    • Additional info: applications can be found at https://www.zetapsilambda.com/
    • Deadline is April 15, 2020
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  • DUDLEY DEBOSIER SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,000 (8) and $2,000 (1)
    • Special requirements: application, transcript, photograph
    • Complete either the essay or Public Service Announcement:
    • Essay topic: (350-500 words) “What qualities and values do you possess, and how have those qualities and values helped you overcome certain obstacles in your life? Also, why do you deserve to be awarded this scholarship”
    • Public Service Announcement: (25-30 seconds) The effects of drinking while driving, texting while driving, or distracted driving; upload to YouTube and email to scholarships@dudleydebosier.com 
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  • UNIGO ALL ABOUT EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

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