Louisiana Scholarships

Students who are residents of LA or who plan to attend a college or university in LA may benefit from programs that want to help them fund their studies. One of the first steps students should take is to complete a FAFSA form. This form will tell them whether they qualify for any type of federal or state funding. Below are are sample of the many scholarships available:

Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)

Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS): This award is open to LA residents who plan to attend a school in LA. The program is divided into four different awards: Opportunity Award, Performance Award, Honors Award, and Tech Award. For the Opportunity Award, students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, be a resident of LA, and achieve a minimum score on the ACT or SAT. The Performance Award requires a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and a minimum ACT score of 23. All other requirements are the same as the previous award. The Honors Award requires students to have at least a 3.0 grade point average and to have at least a 27 on the ACT. Lastly, the Tech Award requires that students have at least a 2.5 grade point average and to score at least a 17 on the SAT.

National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA)

National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA): This program provides students from eligible states (which includes LA), with the opportunity to earn one of over 500 scholarships. Students must plan a career in which they will work directly with children, be a U.S. citizen, and plan to enroll at a college or university in the U.S. This award is especially geared towards students who are planning a career in psychology, speech pathology, mental health, or related fields.

Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship: this award provides scholarships worth $2,000-$3,000 for undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens. Students must be residents of LA and must major in wildlife, marine science, forestry, or a related field. Undergraduates must hold at least a 2.5 grade point average while graduate students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average. This award may be renewed provided that the student remains eligible.

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarships

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarships: These awards provide students with up to $5,000 in funding. Students must be planning to enroll in a STEM field and only female applicants are supported. Students from all levels, including technical programs, undergraduate students, and graduate students may apply. Preference is given to students who want a career in the automotive industry. Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and plan to enroll for at least six credit hours. Lastly, students must plan to attend a college in one of the Southern States (AL, AR, GA, FL, LA, KY, MI, SC, NC, TN, VA, and WV).

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant: This award provides $4,000 for undergraduate students and $8,000 for graduate students who plan a career in teaching. These awards are renewable. Students must have at least a 3.25 grade point average and must intend to major in a teaching field. The award may be applied to tuition, room, and board.