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): 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): 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: 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: 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.