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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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  • LOUISIANA SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION

    • $1,000 (3 recipients)
    • Special requirements: letters of rec, application, transcript
    • Essay topic: (150-200 words) personal info, educational goals, professional aspirations, How this award will help you achieve your goals and why you should receive this award
    • Contact Information: Connie Henry at connie@lswa.us
    • How to submit: mail to Louisiana Solid Waste Association, Attn: Scholarship Committee, PO Box 1582, Amite, LA 70422
    • Additional info: must not be stapled, folded or printed on both sides of paper; application and all other details have been emailed to your school email
    • Deadline is January 24, 2020
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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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  • PROPELLER CLUB PORTS OF SWLA

    • $1,000-2,500
    • Special requirements: #1 Must have an immediate family member who is employed in the commercial maritime industries, or their employment is a direct result of the maritime industry. Commercial maritime industries would include: commercial fishing, tug or barge operations, dredging, dock worker and oil/gas or #2      They are sponsored by a member of our organization, in good standing.
    • Contact Information: PO. Box 1342, Lake Charles, LA 70602-1342
    • How to submit: Email: forressg@ers-nbc.com; or Fax: 337-562-0002
    • Additional info: an application was emailed to your CPSB email.
    • 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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  • FLAVORABLE FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP

    • $5,000
    • Special requirements: 2.5 GPA, must not be a relative or dependent child of an employee of Talking Rain or any of its retail customers, US citizen
    • Essay topic: (How will you use your education to support your flavorful future? What inspires you to have confidence in yourself? Create an original video that shows us who you are in 3 minutes or less.
    • Contact Information: 800.278.8762
    • How to submit: https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/flavorfulfutures
    • Additional info: the process will be evaluated based on academic achievement and the creativity of your application, which should showcase what makes them who they are and how they want to contribute their gifts through education.
    • Deadline is February 15, 2020
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  • NAUW SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,500
    • Special requirements: African American female, financial need, high moral standard, extracurricular activities, 2.5 or better GPA, application, media release form, transcript, ACT score, a wallet size photo, and You will need two letters of recommendation: (1) A letter of recommendation must be from Parent/Guardian expressing financial need. (2) A letter of recommendation from the School Counselor, Teacher, Principal, Clergy, or Organizational Sponsor. If the letter is from Counselor, Teacher, Principal, Clergy, or Organizational Sponsor, then it must be on the official letterhead and include the length of time (2 or more years), the person completing the application has known you, in what capacity and additional comments regarding intellectual ability, maturity, and motivation, interpersonal, verbal and writing skills.  Please include the contact information for your reference.
    • Essay: 150-word autobiography
    • Contact Information: Mrs. Blankenship, Room 116
    • How to submit: submit to counselor’s office
    • Additional info: the application was emailed to student CPSB email account, 3 applicants from SHHS will be chosen for submission, chosen applicants will then be responsible for mailing their application packet, to the address given to you, by 3/13/20
    • Deadline is February 18, 2020
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  • NAUW BOOK STIPEND

    • $250 book stipend
    • Special requirements: African American, financial need, high moral standard, extracurricular activities, 2.0 or better GPA, attending SHHS for at least 2 years, attending a 4-year University, a wallet size photo, transcript, application, signed media release form, you will need two letters of recommendation: (1) A letter of recommendation must be from Parent/Guardian expressing financial need. (2) A letter of recommendation from the School Counselor, Teacher, Principal, Clergy, or Organizational Sponsor. If the letter is from Counselor, Teacher, Principal, Clergy, or Organizational Sponsor, then it must be on the official letterhead and include the length of time (2 or more years), the person completing the application has known you, in what capacity and additional comments regarding intellectual ability, maturity, and motivation, interpersonal, verbal and writing skills.  Please include the contact information for your reference.
    • Essay: 150-word autobiography
    • Contact Information: Mrs. Blankenship, Room 116
    • How to submit: submit to counselor’s office
    • Additional info: the application was emailed to student CPSB email account, 3 applicants from SHHS will be chosen for submission; students chosen are then responsible for mailing their application packet by 3/13/20
    • Deadline is February 18, 2020
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  • SIMON YOUTH FOUNDATION COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,500
    • Special requirements: official transcript, complete online application and submit your Student Aid Report that is generated from your FAFSA
    • Contact Information: email SYF@applyISTS.com or call toll free (855)-670-ISTS (4787)
    • How to submit: http://programs.applyists.com/syf/#1532705644108-356cff99-ac84
    • Additional info: Applicants will be evaluated based on academic promise, financial need, written response, work experience, and community/extracurricular involvement.
    • Deadline is February 19, 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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  • LAMAR AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP

    • Full ride for 1 academic year
    • Special requirements: apply to Lamar, graduate within the top 25% of your class, transcript, a resume that includes service, leadership, honors, awards, extracurricular activities, etc., a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor or principal.
    • Essay topic: Applicants must submit an essay (minimum one-page, typed, double-spaced) describing their educational goals, aspirations and what separates them from the rest of their class. Include reasons for pursuing those goals and how the LSCO Ambassador Scholarship would assist you in achieving those goals.
    • Contact Information: email at Patterson@lsco.edu
    • How to submit: online at https://www.lsco.edu/scholarships/ambassador-scholarship-application.asp
    • Additional info: Recommendations should be emailed directly to ambassadors@lsco.edu
    • Deadline is February 28, 2020
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  • CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA

    • $1,000
    • Special requirements: application, transcript, letters of rec, ACT scores, must reside in LA at least one year prior to graduation
    • Essay topic: autobiography on your academic accomplishments, religious involvement and community service
    • Contact Information: Lara Guidroz @ lstorer@hotmail.com,   (337) 485-1781
    • How to submit: return the application to counselor’s office to be picked up by a member of Catholic Daughters of America
    • Additional info: the application was emailed to your school email
    • Deadline is March 1, 2020
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  • BECI SCHOLARSHIP

    • $1,500
    • Special requirements: Applicant must be 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, 2020. 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
    • Contact Information: 975 North Perkins Ferry Road, P.O. Box 12783, Lake Charles, LA 70611, Ph: 337.855.6684, Fax: 337.855.0073
    • How to submit: http://www.beci.org/content/scholarship-program or mail to BECi Scholarship Program, PO Drawer 970, DeRidder, LA 70634
    • Additional information: RECIPIENT IS RANDOMLY CHOSEN
    • Deadline is March 6, 2020
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  • SWLA HEALTH CENTER FOR HEALTH SERVICES

    • $1,000
    • Special requirements: Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited college or university and majoring in a Health Care related field, minimum GPA of 2.5, cover letter, application, transcript, ACT scores, 2 reference letters
    • Essay topic: Written 2-3 page, typed, double spaced grammatically-correct essay to answer the question below. Why have you chosen to pursue a career in healthcare and what do to accomplish with your degree in healthcare?
    • Contact Information: Dianna Ross at 337-312-2014 or email dross@swlahealth.org.
    • How to submit: SWLA Center for Health Services, Attention: Scholarship Committee, 2000 Opelousas Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    • Additional info: click the link for application https://www.swlahealth.org/scholarships
    • Deadline is March 9, 2020
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  • HORATIO ALGER WILLIAM DORE MCNEESE SCHOLARSHIP

    • $10,500
    • Special requirements: Louisiana resident, attending McNeese, min 2.0 GPA, demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required), Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
    • Contact Information: 337-475-5348 or 1-800-622-3352 x5348
    • How to submit: https://horatioalger.mcneese.edu/#section-2
    • Deadline is March 15, 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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  • 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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  • 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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