GRANTS, LOANS, AND STATE SCHOLARSHIPS
The federal financial aid application is used to apply for grants, loans, and the work-study program at colleges. On-line 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 20 ACT COMPOSITE, and 17 CORE UNITS (OPTION I) or 19 CORE UNITS (OPTION II). PAYS LOUISIANA PUBLIC TUITION ONLY.
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.
Grambling University Ray D. Molo Alumni Chapter Book Stipend* Awarded to a graduating Calcasieu Parish senior who has a 2.5 GPA or better and plans to attend Grambling. An essay is required. Amount: $1,000
Lady of the Lake Franciscan Scholars Awarded each year to five incoming freshmen who demonstrate service and leadership abilities as well as competitiveness. Must have a 3.5 GPA or better and a 22 ACT score. An essay is required.
Louisiana College Scholarships: Seniors having an ACT composite of at least 25 or SAT total of 1150 and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in academic subjects are eligible to apply. Persons meeting the criteria will be competing for the following scholarships: Louisiana College Top 20 Scholars and Presidential Scholars
LSU Alumni Scholarship: 100 students are selected on the basis of grades plus ACT and/or National Merit Selection Index scores. ACT scores should be 31 or better. To apply, students must complete scholarship and admissions applications, an essay, and a list of activities and awards.
LSU Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship Each year LSU awards the Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship to approximately 100 entering freshmen. Applicants must demonstrate excellent leadership skills and possess a commendable high school academic record.
LSU-Delta Chi Tiger Leaders Scholarship Awarded to a graduating high school male who plans to attend LSU. Amount: $1,000
LSU Honor Scholarships: Awarded to 500 students who are either a finalist or semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program or have an ACT composite of at least 26 with an “A” average in English and Math. To apply, students must complete applications, an essay, and a list of activities and awards.
LSU Jared Rachel Memorial Scholarship-Phi Kappa Psi Awarded to a high school male that who will attend LSU in the fall following high school graduation. Selection based on GPA, community involvement and leadership. Amount: $500
LSU LA-STEM Research Scholars Program This program was developed to increase the number of under-represented students seeking (Ph.D.) degrees in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Students must have a 3.5 – 4.0 GPA and a minimum ACT score of 24. Applicant must be nominated by their high school based on academic excellence and extraordinary potential for scholarship success. Interested students should see the senior counselor to be considered for this award. Amount: Valued at over $2,000/year.
LSU Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship * Male high school student entering college. The criteria considered for this award is academics, leadership, athletics, and community service. The amount of the award is $1,000.
LSU Valedictorian Scholarship: Students who are certified as valedictorian by their high school. Student must have a 4.0 or higher GPA.
Louisiana Tech: Scholarships are offered through the General Scholarship program as well as scholarships in each of the five colleges: Administration and Business, Applied and Natural Sciences, Education, Engineering and Science, and Liberal Arts.
MSU Board of Supervisors Academic Scholarships: Awarded to outstanding LA high school graduates based on a combination of high school grades and ACT/SAT scores. Scholarships are $2,800(subject to change) per academic year.
McNeese Com-STEM Scholarship Eligibility requirements for this award include achieving a high score on the ACT/SAT, earning an excellent high school grade point average and pursuing the associate or bachelor’s degree in STEM disciplines at McNeese.
MSU Distinguished Achievement Award: Available to incoming freshmen who have achieved academic and leadership success. The award is typically $500-$1,500 per year (subject to change).
MSU Enrollment Management Scholarship: Available to first-time McNeese attendees. Selection is based on GPA, ACT, class rank, and/or other qualities which demonstrate the potential for success at the college level.
MSU H.C. Drew Foundation Scholarships: Awarded to students who major in one of the following disciplines: Accounting, Ag Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Lab Science, Computer Information Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Finance, Teacher Education, Engineering, Nursing, Nutrition and Family Studies, Paralegal Studies, Biological Sciences with a Premedicine Concentration, and Special Education. Selection is made based on a combination of high school grades and ACT/SAT scores (subject to funding).
McNeese Honors College Scholarship: Applicants must have at least a 3.4 GPA and 27 on ACT. The award value: Up to $34,784.
McNeese Orthopedic Disabilities Scholarship* Applicant must have a physician verified orthopedic disability, acceptable academic credentials, and applied for McNeese admissions. Standardized test scores, grade point average, courses completed, extracurricular activities/participation and leadership positions/potential.
Nicholls University Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors Education Foundation Scholarship Awarded to a high school senior residing in Louisiana who is planning to pursue a career in surveying through the “Geomatics” program at Nicholls University. Amount: $4,000
Southeastern Louisiana University Leadership Scholarship Graduating high school students planning to attend Southeastern Louisiana University, has a 2.5 GPA or above, has demonstrated strong leadership in their high school career, and plans to join a student organization at the college level and become an active member are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Amount: $500 for the first four semesters with an option for continued scholarships in later semesters.
Southern University Alumni Federation Lake Charles Chapter Book Stipend Award The Lake Charles Chapter of the Southern University Alumni Federation awards a book stipend of $500 annually to a graduating high school senior. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or above, an ACT score of at least 20, and plan to attend Southern University in the fall following high school graduation.
Sowela Technical Community College Scholarships: High school seniors that plan to attend Sowela Technical Community College after graduating from high school should contact the Financial Aid Director in the Financial Aid office. The number is 491-2688. Students may also visit this office before graduation and apply for a scholarship and financial aid.
Tulane Legislative Scholarship* Each Louisiana state senator and representative nominates one scholarship recipient each year who meets or exceeds the following criteria: permanent resident of Louisiana and graduate of a Louisiana high school, 27 or higher composite ACT, ranked in top 25% of the graduating class, and admitted to a full-time undergraduate division of Tulane University. To learn more about each legislator’s process for awarding his/her scholarship, contact your state legislature and provide a copy of your resume along with a cover letter expressing your interest in the scholarship. You may access legislator contact information at http://www.legis.state.la.us/. The value of the scholarship changes with tuition each year. Receipt of the scholarship one year does not guarantee receipt of the scholarship in subsequent years.
Tulane Valedictorian Scholarship: Students who are certified as a valedictorian by their high school. The applicant must have a 4.0 GPA or higher.
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 $8,000. Application must be obtained from Citgo.
Conoco/Phillips Scholarship: Seniors who are children of Conoco employees and retirees may apply. Application must be obtained from Conoco/Phillips.
Dyn-McDermott Scholarship: Senior whose parent is an employee may apply. Application must be obtained from Dyn-McDermott.
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.
- 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
- Deadline: apply early—limited number awarded each year
- $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 email@example.com 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
IMAGINE AMERICA FOUNDATION
- Only for certain career and technical colleges (list on website)
- Submit through their mobile app
- Apply early
ELK MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
- $4,000 - $50,000
- Essay only required if you are chosen as a finalist
- Selection criteria is based on leadership, academic achievements and records, community involvement, and financial need
- Apply online at http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/applyMVS.cfm
- Deadline is November 27, 2017
SIXT SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP
- Minimum 3.7 GPA, transcript, completed appraisal form, financial need, extracurricular
- Apply online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/sixt/
- Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need as calculated by Scholarship America must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.
- Deadline is November 30, 2017
EDUCATION MATTERS SCHOLARSHIP
- Essay topic: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" (250 words or less)
- Contact Information: Unigo, 220 NW Eighth Avenue, Portland, OR 97209, http://www.unigo.com.
- How to submit: https://www.unigo.com/match/login?redirecturl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unigo.com%2Fscholarships%2Four-scholarships%2Feducation-matters-scholarship%2Fapplication
MISSISSIPPI EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP
- Full tuition, room and board, 1 time technology fee, books, incidental expenses for all 4 years
- 28 or above on their ACT or a score of 1310 or above on the SAT and a 3.5 overall GPA
- Contact by phone at (662) 325-5543or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apply to Mississippi State University at http://apply.msstate.edu/, and complete the METP application in the scholarship platform
- This is for students who are majoring in Education and upon graduation, scholars must teach in a Mississippi public school for five years.
- Deadline is December 1, 2017
NO BULL WOMENS SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP
- Must be a girl who plays a sport, min. 2.5 GPA, letter of rec from your coach, refer to website for other eligibility requirements
- Submit at https://nobullsports.org/scholarships
- Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, awards/honors, character, leadership, athletic activities, and community/volunteer activities.
- December 1st deadline
HERRMAN AND HERRMAN SCHOLARSHIP
- $1,000 - $2,500
- Email the following items: Essay in a Word Document (doc or docx) or PDF, Digital photo of yourself to use as a headshot (jpg or png), Your full name, school, and phone number
- Essay topic: 600 word + on “What kind of effects do you believe we will face as self-driving cars become more prominent on the roads.”
- Submit by email to email@example.com
- Refer to https://www.herrmanandherrman.com/general-rules/ for rules.
- Deadline is December 1
STEPHEN J. BRADY STOP HUNGER SCHOLARSHIP
- $1,000 - $5,000
- Have demonstrated an on-going commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the U.S. within the past 12 months
- Apply at http://us.stophunger.org/home/grants.html
- Deadline is December 5, 2017
- $2,500 - $25,000
- No formal essay but essay questions are asked in online submission
- Apply at https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement/information.php
- Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness. Consideration will also be given to select a diverse group of recipients.
- Deadline is December 15, 2017 or until first 10,000 entries are received.
BURGER KING SCHOLARS
- Online application and transcript
- Submit online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/burgerkingscholars/login.php
- Deadline is December 15, 2017
FREE SPEECH ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP
- $500 - $10,000
- Drawing on the videos and any other resources available on FIRE’s website, explain in 800-1000 words why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society.
- Submit online at https://www.thefire.org/student-network/essay-contest/
- Deadline is December 31, 2017
GE-REAGAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
- Up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year)
- Need a minimum 3.0 grade point average
- Submit at https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/
- Looking for attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship
- Deadline is January 4, 2018
LOUISIANA TECH BESSIE TALBERT PURDY
- $200 - $1,000
- Must be an incoming freshman, must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to meet LTU admissions requirements, complete information on admissions requirements is available online at admissions.latech.edu/freshmen.php., must have an ACT composite score of 15 or higher, OR have SAT subscores of 450 or higher in English and 460 or higher in math., must major in education (including agricultural education) or human ecology and application fee
- Contact Alicia Ball, Admissions Office, Hale Hall, P.O. Box 3178, Ruston, Louisiana 71272 , firstname.lastname@example.org, 318-257-3036, 318-257-2499
- Submit online at https://secure.latech.edu/admissions/ugapplynow/
- Deadline is January 5,2018
THE LOUISIANA AFL-CIO SCHOLARSHIP
- Parent must be a member of a union in good standing with AFL-CIO and a transcript is required.
- 1,500 – 2,000 word essay on “How do Unions Help Workers in Today’s Economy
- Submit by mail to Ms. Julie Cherry, Louisiana AFL-CIO Scholarships, P.O. Box 3477, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
- Contestants must cite their sources and have a cover sheet showing student’s name, address, phone number, name of school, complete name, local union number and telephone number of the local union in which the parent is a member.
- Deadline is January 5, 2018
LSU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
- Minimum 3.0 GPA and must be majoring in agriculture at LSU
- Contact Amanda Martin at email@example.com for any questions
- Submit starting November 1st at http://lsu.edu/agriculture/students/FreshmanScholarships.php
- Deadline is the middle January sometime
CATHOLIC YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD
- up to $500 - $4,000
- 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
- complete application form at http://www.louisianakc.org/programs/cyla/ , obtain necessary signatures, then submit to local Knights of Columbus Council
- Deadline is January 25, 2018
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY SCHOLARSHIP
- Need letters of rec, application, transcript, ACT/SAT score
- Essay topic: “Where I See Myself in 10 Years.” Essay must be a typed, 5-paragraph, 12 point Times Roman font and will be evaluated based on content, grammar, and presentation.
- Contact Information: Ms. Carmen Gordon-Williams, Special Education Resource Teacher, Combre-Fondel Elementary, 337-217-4890
- How to submit: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Attn: Scholarship Chair P O Box 386 Lake Charles, LA 70602
- Additional information: This scholarship will be awarded based on academic performance, community service, and financial need. Finalists must participate in an in-person interview to be given further consideration.
- Deadline is January 30, 2018
UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP
- $500 - $4,000
- At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant or applicant's parent that must be satisfied by May 31, 2018. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
- Essay topic: You have to apply to see essay topic.
- Submit at https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/money/union-plus-scholarships
- Deadline is January 31, 2018
JACKIE ROBINSON SCHOLARSHIP
- up to $30,000 over four years
- 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;
- Essay topic: 4 essay questions on online application
- Submit online at https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/
- Deadline is February 1, 2018
WACE NATIONAL CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP
- $6,000 - $30,000
- Need a 3.5 minimum GPA, attending one of the Scholarship Partner Institutions
- Essay topic: why have you chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program (200 words)
- Submit to WACE, 600 Suffolk St, Suite 503, Lowell, MA 01854 or online at waceinc.org
- Deadline is February 15, 2018
AL’S FORMAL WEAR SCHOLARSHIP
- $1,000 - $5,000
- Apply online at https://www.tttuxprom.com/scholarships/online-scholarship-application/ or pick up an application in the counselor’s office
- Deadline is March 1, 2018
EMMY NOETHER AWARD- STEM
- Transcripts, ACT scores, letter of recommendation
- Essay topic: 2 500 word essays on 1. What has been your most significant STEM research experience (at school, home or in a lab)? 2. How do you see STEM playing a role in your future?
- Submit online at https://www.thebrownfoundation.org/emmy-noether-award.html
- Refer to https://www.thebrownfoundation.org/emmy-noether-award.html for all rules and regulations
- Deadline is March 1, 2018
SAM S. POLITZ SCHOLARSHIP
- $1,000 per semester
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, a minimum ACT/SAT score of 25, and have taken honors and/or advanced placement courses. Transcript, ACT/SAT score, Academic resume, Personal statement or essay, Letter of recommendation from school’s principal and/or guidance counselor., Official proof of enrollment letter from school
- Submit at http://www.braf.org/start-your-application-page
- Application opens on January 1, 2018
- Deadline is March 1, 2018
BEAUREGARD ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP
- Applicant must be a BECi member or a child or a legal ward of a BECi member who has been a member in good standing for at least 12 consecutive months as of March 1, 2017. Only one scholarship will be awarded per membership per family per year, must be attending a Louisiana accredited institution of higher learning, minimum 2.0 GPA
- Submit at http://www.beci.org/content/scholarship-program
- Applications don’t open until December, recipient randomly chosen
- Deadline is sometime in March (official date has not been posted yet)
PRIME MEDICAL ALERT SCHOLARSHIP
- Need letter of rec, acceptance into a university, must be majoring in nursing
- Essay topic: Answer each of the following in 500 words or less.
- Please describe what influenced your decision to go into a career in healthcare and nursing?
- Tell us what you view as the most important single characteristic for a practicing nurse, and how you will embody that characteristic in your professional work.
- Why do you feel you are a strong candidate for this award and what sets you apart from other candidates in your field?
- Mail to: Prime Medical Alert Scholarship, Attn: Joy Couffer, 3411 N 5th Ave, Ste 207, Phoenix AZ 85013
- Deadline is July 31, 2018
- Submit basic personal information online to enter
- Submit at https://www.afsascholarship.org/high-school-contest/
- Winner randomly selected by computer-generated drawing
- Deadline is April 1, 2018
BIG SUN ATHLETICS SCHOLARSHIP
- All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate.
- Please send a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:
- How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
- Has your participation influenced your career goals?
- Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?
- Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline is June19, 2018
ROCKEFELLER STATE WILDLIFE SCHOLARSHIP
- $2,000 annually
- Must be a Louisiana resident for at least one year prior to July 1st of the scholarship award year, Complete and submit such documentary evidence as required by LASFAC, Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in a Louisiana Public College or University majoring in forestry, wildlife or marine science with the intent of obtaining a degree in that field. Undergraduate students must have earned at least 60 hours of college credit and have at least a 2.50 cumulative college GPA
- Submit application to LOSFA, Attn: Bonnie Lavergne, P.O. Box 91202, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9202 or e-mail to Lavergne@la.gov.
- Application available at https://www.osfa.la.gov/MainSitePDFs/ROCKEFELLER.pdf
- Deadline is July 1, 2018