Residents of the “Bayou State” are swamped with available scholarships in Louisiana for wading into higher education at a more affordable price.
Positioned on the Mississippi River Delta along the Gulf Coast, Louisiana is America’s 31st most-extensive state and home to nearly 4.7 million. Since Centenary College first opened in 1825, Louisiana’s post-secondary offerings have mushroomed with 46 institutions. College students may grow enamored with Louisiana for its spicy Cajun cuisine, Mardi Gras parties, jazz halls, Southern hospitality, French history, and 7,721 statute miles of shoreline. First-rate learning options like Louisiana Tech University, Dillard University, McNeese State University, and Grambling State University are also notable. In particular, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge was ranked 135th nationally by the U.S. News.
Reel in free money for your chosen college with the following 20 Louisiana scholarships.
Rating the Top Louisiana Scholarships
1. Agnes Morris Education Scholarship
Deadline: April 1st
The Louisiana Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW/LA) sponsors the Agnes Morris Education Scholarship to gift $1,000 for two semesters to returning female students aged 25 or older. Qualified members must be registered for 6+ credits, attend accredited two- or four-year colleges in Louisiana, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, and display leadership promise. Since 2011, the STEM Career Advancement Scholarship has also specifically funded science, engineering, technology, and mathematics education.
Agnes Morris Education Scholarship
1424 Evangeline Road
Glenmora, LA 71433
2. Betty Lynne Theriot Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 15th
The Louisiana Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (LSCLS) awards the Betty Lynne Theriot Memorial Scholarship for $500 each year to undergraduate members who are entering their senior/clinical year of an NAACLS-accredited medical laboratory science program. Chosen applicants must have unmet financial need, sustain a 3.0 GPA or greater, possess clinical aptitude, and send two references. Recipients could attend University of Louisiana-Monroe, Southern University at Shreveport, Fortis College-Baton Rouge, and more.
Betty Lynne Theriot Memorial Scholarship
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209
3. Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Scholarships
Deadline: July 15th, November 25th, or April 25th
Offering up to $2,500 for tuition and $500 for textbooks per year, the Sovereign Nation of the Chitimacha grants multiple scholarships to tribal members who have finished a high school diploma or GED certificate. Eligible Native Americans must live within a 50-mile radius of the Louisiana reservation, gain admission at an accredited college or trade school, attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and file the FAFSA application.
Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Scholarships
230 Chitimacha Loop
Charenton, LA 70523
4. Dr. William S. Boyd Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June 30th
The Chiropractic Association of Louisiana established the Dr. William S. Boyd Scholarship Fund in 1995 to honor the House of Representatives member who became the state’s first licensed chiropractor two decades prior. Selected recipients must reside in Louisiana, attain at least junior standing at a CCE-accredited chiropractic college, excel academically with a 2.75 GPA or better, intend to practice in-state, and be recommended by a dues-paying CAL member.
Dr. William S. Boyd Scholarship Fund
10636 Timberlake Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
5. Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: October 21st
Administered by the Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), the Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Scholarship gifts $500 from the Louisiana Art Education Association to remember the St. Martin Parish School System supervisor who passed in 2003. It’s designed for full-time college juniors and seniors at accredited Louisiana colleges who are pursuing art education degrees or certificates for K-12 teacher licensure. Applicants must submit an official transcript with a minimum 2.5 GPA and four 250-word essay responses.
Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Scholarship
1035 Camellia Blvd., Suite 100
Lafayette, LA 70508
6. Frederick G. Deiler Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 1st
Valued at $1,500, the Frederick G. Deiler Memorial Scholarship one of three funds managed by the Louisiana Water Environment Association (LWEA) yearly to support students seeking environmental careers. Eligibility criteria requires studying full-time with 12+ credits, keeping a minimum “B” average, pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Louisiana colleges, and having at least two semesters remaining. Accepted majors would include engineering, hydrology, public health, conservation, and biology.
Frederick G. Deiler Memorial Scholarship
One American Place, Suite 2040
Baton Rouge, LA 70825
7. Gil Dupré Graduate Student Scholarship
Deadline: November 7th
Named for the long-time CEO who retired in 2012, the Gil Dupré Graduate Student Scholarship presents $2,500 to $10,000 annually from the Louisiana Association of Health Plans (LAHP) to master’s students finishing their last year of healthcare management programs. Selected U.S. citizens and Louisiana residents will obtain a minimum 3.0 GPA at Tulane University, Louisiana State University, or the University of New Orleans to enter the health benefits industry.
Gil Dupré Graduate Student Scholarship
450 Laurel Street, Suite 1850
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
8. Gwen Higgins English Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 15th
The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) in Lake Charles offers two Louisiana scholarships each year, including the Gwen Higgins English Scholarship for $1,000. Graduating seniors at Lake Arthur High School must have passed four years of English, pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree full-time this Fall, and display academic excellence with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applications should feature an original, 500-word essay titled “The Most Captivating Book I’ve Read.”
Gwen Higgins English Scholarship Program
1625 Ryan Street, Suite C
Lake Charles, LA 70601
9. Harvey L. Foster Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: January 31st
Devoted to “Rewarding Ambition with Tuition,” the Harvest L. Foster Foundation awards multiple scholarships in Louisiana for high school seniors from St. Tammany, Livingston, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes. Recipients claim $1,000 per semester or $8,000 total for earning science or engineering bachelor’s degrees at Louisiana universities. Other qualifications include taking 12+ credits each term, declaring STEM-related majors, maintaining a science GPA of 3.0 or better, and sending two recommendations.
Harvey L. Foster Foundation Scholarships
226 Chestnut Oak Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 674-0660 ext. 101
10. Irene M. Petijean Horticulture Scholarship
Deadline: June 1st
The Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. (LGCF) budgets for 10 annual scholarships like the $1,000 Irene M. Petijean Horticulture Scholarship to encourage tomorrow’s gardening professionals. To apply, candidates must be matriculating full-time at a public Louisiana college with an accredited Horticulture Department to study plant science, landscape design, agriculture, environmental conservation, and similar majors. Also consider the $2,000 Anite Currault and $500 Neil Christopher Scholarships.
Irene M. Petijean Horticulture Scholarship
1606 Water Street
Lecompte, LA 71346
11. Joseph Meraux Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: July 1st
The Joseph Meraux Foundation has conferred over 600 scholarships for $1.9 million total to financially bolster high school seniors from Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish who are pursuing accredited U.S. higher education. For $1,000 annually, interested applicants must attend a college or technical school full-time, successfully complete 18+ credits, per year, carry a minimum unadjusted GPA of 2.0, and have need for financial assistance.
Joseph Meraux Foundation Scholarships
P.O. Box 8875
New Orleans, LA 70182
12. LASN Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarship
Deadline: September 8th
The Louisiana Association of Student Nurses sponsors the Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarship to assist non-traditional learners who are aged 30 or older, single parents, male, ethnic minorities, married/divorced, or career changers. Eligible winners must fulfill one of these criteria as well as be LASN members for 6+ months, pursue an accredited associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing, hold a minimum 2.5 GPA, and submit two faculty reference letters commenting on clinical promise.
LASN Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarship
P.O. Box 52655
New Orleans, LA 70152
13. Louisiana CPAs Education Scholarships
Deadline: November 15th
The Society of Louisiana CPAs Education Foundation grants six scholarships for $500 to $2,000 each year to student members who are studying accounting at an accredited Louisiana business school for a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Up-and-coming Certified Public Accountants must be entering their fifth semester or higher, carry a minimum accounting GPA of 3.0, and intend to take the Becker CPA Exam Review course.
Louisiana CPAs Education Scholarships
2400 Veterans Blvd., Suite 500
Kenner, LA 70062
14. Mary Moore Mitchell Scholarship Fund
Deadline: May 1st
Donated by Howard Ekblad of Library Interiors, the Mary Moore Mitchell Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 from the Louisiana Library Association (LLA) yearly to support part-time students pursuing the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science from the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education. Qualified awardees must have lived in Louisiana for 12+ months, have a minimum bachelor’s GPA of 3.2, and achieve a combined GRE score above 1050.
Mary Moore Mitchell Scholarship Fund
8550 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
15. Nelda C. Seal Endowed Scholarship
Deadline: June 10th
The Louisiana Baptists Foundation initiated the Nelda C. Seal Endowed Scholarship to gift $600 per term or $1,200 annually to pastors of Baptist mission churches in-state who are pursuing a Master of Divinity or Christian diploma at an ATS-accredited Southern Baptist seminary. Faithful applicants must be devoted to the Lord’s work, matriculate for 6+ credits, and participate in the Weeks of Prayer for State Missions. Those at Louisiana College could earn the Hannah Reynolds Scholarship instead.
Nelda C. Seal Endowed Scholarship
1250 MacArthur Drive
Alexandria, LA 71303
16. Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: July 1st or December 1st
Biannually, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation honors the late CEO of Taylor Energy Company by presenting Louisiana scholarships worth $500 to $2,500 each semester. Prospective applicants must have U.S. citizenship, finish the advanced 19-unit TOPS core, enroll as first-time freshmen at in-state colleges, possess an overall GPA above 2.5, score at least 19 on the ACT, and submit a character reference. School-specific funds, such as Cabrini High School and Kinkaid School, are also offered.
Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Scholarships
One Lee Circle
New Orleans, LA 70130
17. PFLAG New Orleans Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 1st
The Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) New Orleans Chapter awards annual scholarships for $1,000 to $10,000 to encourage higher education for self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight ally students. Suitable applicants will live in Louisiana, be accepted at an accredited post-secondary school, be age 17 or older, maintain good academic standing, and actively advocate for LGBT equality rights.
PFLAG New Orleans Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 15515
New Orleans, LA 70175
18. Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship
Deadline: July 1st
Worth up to $12,000, the Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship is bestowed by the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission (LASFAC) yearly upon bachelor’s or graduate students majoring in wildlife biology, conservation, fisheries management, wetlands ecology, forestry, and similar natural sciences. Accepted candidates must attend a Louisiana public university full-time, successfully earn 60+ credits by Fall, achieve a 2.5 GPA or greater, and complete the FAFSA application.
Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship
P.O. Box 91202
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
19. Ruby J. Darensbourg-Cook Scholarship
Deadline: June 15th
Established in December 1992, the Ruby J. Darensbourg-Cook Scholarship is one of nearly 50 funds managed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) to fund Louisianans’ collegiate dreams. This $1,500, merit-based program seeks applicants who are pursuing the Practitioner Teacher Alternate Certification in early childhood or elementary education at accredited in-state universities. Applications must feature a transcript, resume, teaching goals statement, and at least two recommendations.
Ruby J. Darensbourg-Cook Scholarship
100 North Street, Suite 900
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
20. Taylor Opportunity Program for Students
Deadline: July 1st
The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is also administered by the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission to provide four scholarships: the Opportunity Award, Performance Award, Honors Award, and Tech Award. Each pays full tuition and certain fees for full-time enrollment at a Louisiana public college or university. General criteria include finishing the 19-unit TOPS curriculum, holding a minimum “C+” average, scoring above 20 on the ACT, and finishing 24+ credits per year.
Taylor Opportunity Program for Students
602 North Fifth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Nesting dollar bills in the “Pelican State” is vital to afford letting your learning goals take flight. SmartAsset ranked Louisiana 35th nationally for college with an average net cost of $9,762. For 2016, undergrad tuition sticker prices in Louisiana ranged from $4,483 at Southern University at New Orleans to $49,638 at Tulane University. Make certain your financial aid package isn’t too shrimpy by searching for external funding sources.
These 20 scholarships in Louisiana are a great starting point along with government programs like the Pell Grant and Louisiana Go Grant.
GCD Staff, January 2017
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