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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, 2019, early decision (binding) November 1, 2019
    • LSU – priority: December 15, 2019
    • 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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  • 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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  • MATTRESS NERD ESSAY CONTEST

    • $1,000
    • Special requirements: attending college, fill out an application on website
    • Essay topic: (500-1000 words) What choices can we make as consumers to better our carbon footprints? What reuse and recycle innovations do you think are leading the change in business environmental conscientiousness? What have you altered about your own day-to-day life to reduce your own environmental impact?
    • Contact Information: email sustainabilityscholarship@gmail.com
    • How to submit: online https://www.mattressnerd.com/scholarship/
    • Deadline is April 1, 2020
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  • LSU BALANCED MAN SCHOLARSHIP

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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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  • SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAKE CHARLES ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,000 scholarship or $500 for books
    • Special requirements: 2.8 GPA, ACT of at least 20, going to attend Southern University in fall of 2020
    • Contact Information: Claudia Williams, 337-842-8445
    • How to submit: Southern University Alumni Federation, ATTN: Scholarship Committee, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 636, Lake Charles, LA  70602
    • Additional info: applications have been emailed to your student email address.
    • Deadline is April 10, 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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  • CHARLES ROBERTSON COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,000
    • Special requirements: Applicants must reside within Calcasieu Parish, a minimum 2.8 GPA, must have performed at least 20 hours of unpaid community service while in high school, proof of address, transcript, letter detailing community service, 2 letters of rec
    • Essay topic: 100-word essay on the topic, “How Have I Impacted My Community”
    • Contact Information: Cedrick Lafleur @ 832-722-0522 or cedrick.lafleur2@gmail.com
    • How to submit: Submit by email to: lceducationcollaboration@gmail.com or mail to: PO Box 2143, Lake Charles, LA 70602
    • Additional info: Letter detailing your community service and the number of community service hours performed (If your community service was performed at multiple organizations, please include letters from the multiple agencies.) One letter of recommendation must be on the letterhead from the organization where you have performed community service, the other letter of recommendation can be from someone not related to you who can provide record of your character.
    • Deadline is April 15, 2020
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    • $325/semester for first 2 semesters
    • Special requirements:8 or higher GPA, 19 or higher ACT
    • Contact Information: email blankenship@cpsb.org with any questions
    • How to submit: respond to the Gene Garrett email sent out to your student email if you would like to be considered. The scholarship committee will choose 1 recipient from Sam Houston High.
    • Deadline: April 15, 2020
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  • LAKE CHARLES AMERICAN PRESS MCNEESE SCHOLARSHIP

    • usually about $600 for first two semesters
    • Special requirements: will attend McNeese, 2.5 or better GPA, school involvement, financial need, transcript, counselor form
    • Essay topic: (250 words or less) “Why I Want a College Education”
    • How to submit: email to sara.blankenship@cpsb.org and Sam Houston’s scholarship committee will select recipient
    • Additional info: 1 student from Sam Houston will be chosen
    • Applications were emailed to your student email
    • Deadline is April 15, 2020
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  • BROUSSARD AND HART SCHOLARSHIP

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  • COX, COX, FILO, CAMEL & WILSON SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,000 to one SHHS student
    • Special requirements: transcript
    • Essay topic: Write an essay 500 words or more that addresses the question: In what way did the 19th Amendment change the nation as we know it today?
    • Contact Information: Madison D. Chamberlain, Madison@coxatty.com
    • How to submit: https://www.coxcoxfilo.com/scholarship/
    • Deadline is April 17, 2020
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  • MOSS BLUFF CIVIC CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

    • $2,000 (2 SHHS recipients)
    • Special requirements: Be a Sam Houston High School Student and reside in the SHHS School Zone, plan to attend an accredited Louisiana College, University or Technical School, have a 3.0 or better GPA through the 1st semester of your senior year (signed transcript MUST accompany this application), demonstrate a financial need, complete EACH part of this application. 
    • Contact Information: Matt Knighton, 337.855.4545 (t), matthew.knighton@ffbla.com
    • How to submit: bring all paper work to counselor’s office or email to sara.blankenship@cpsb.org 
    • Additional info: application has been emailed to your student email
    • Deadline is April 21, 2020
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  • STUDENT INSIGHTS SCHOLARSHIP

    • $500 - $4,000
    • Special requirements: just fill out a 15 min survey online and you will be automatically entered to win. Winners are chosen based off a random drawing.
    • Contact Information: email contact@studentinsights.com
    • How to submit: apply at www.student-view.com
    • Deadline is April 22, 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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  • PB&J SCHOLARSHIP

    • $500-$1,000
    • Special requirements: college-bound to a 2 or 4-year college
    • Contact Information: Traven Watase at 808-450-9988 or email at travwatase@gmail.com
    • How to submit: apply at http://bit.ly/pbjscholars2020
    • Additional info: geared for students whose GPAs might not be the best and may have experienced challenges in their life but have the drive to succeed.
    • Deadline is May 31, 2020
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  • MCNEESE ORTHOPEDIC DISABILITIES SCHOLARSHIP

    • donor selects recipients and amounts ($6,630/semester last year)
    • Special requirements: attending McNeese, have an orthopedic disability, ACT scores, transcript, extracurricular activities, leadership
    • Contact Information: Mrs. Ellen Beasley at 337.562.4233 or ebeasley@mcneese.edu
    • How to submit: mail to Mrs. Ellen Beasley, Scholarship Administrator, MSU Office of Scholarships, Box 92575, Lake Charles, LA 70609
    • Applications were emailed to your student email account
    • Deadline is July 1, 2020
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