The Bayou State of Louisiana is the 25th most populous state in the US. Louisiana was purchased from the French in 1803 for about $15 million – although this included the entire Louisiana territory. The French then used this money to buy more frilly stocking, wigs and velvet doublets, thereby ensuring that the French would look silly well into the 20th century.
The state offers a plethora of scholarship options for students studying or living in Louisiana. One program is the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). The TOPS program offers substantial funds for students who meet a minimum set of academic criteria and are planning on attending school in state.
Other private and public scholarships are also available. Some funds are designed to attract degree candidates to certain professions, such as resource management, farming or education. Other programs exist that have more rigid academic criteria and still others are for general financial need.
To find out more about the complete range of scholarship opportunities in the state of Louisiana, continue with the links below.
The Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that awards $2000 annually for an undergraduate student and $3,000 annually to a graduate student pursuing a degree in forestry, wildlife or marine science at a Louisiana Public College or University. The cumulative maximum award is $12,000 for up to three years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study.
Standard Eligibility Requirements
- Be a U.S. citizen or national or eligible non-citizen and be registered with Selective Service if required
- 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.
- As a graduate student have at least a 3.00 cumulative college GPA on all credits earned in graduate school
Scholarships awarded to occupational therapy students within the state of Louisiana. Scholarship amount TBD.
Each year, subject to availability of funds, two to four college scholarships are awarded to high school graduates or graduating high school seniors enrolling full-time in an accredited college or university. Each scholarship is for eight consecutive semesters, $1,000 per semester, for a maximum total scholarship award of $8,000. (Fall and Spring semesters only.) Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA per semester/quarter and full-time status to continue receiving the scholarship.
The Fund provides scholarships to assist graduating/graduated high school students who will enroll full time in an
accredited college or university. Scholarship awards shall be used toward the following, in order of priority: tuition and
fees; books and supplies; room and board; and commuting expenses up to fifty dollars a month. The recipients are selected
by a Scholarship Advisory Committee made up of local educators.
Two to four scholarships are awarded each year, subject to availability of funds. Each scholarship is for eight consecutive
semesters, $1,000 per semester, for a maximum total scholarship award of $8,000. (Fall and Spring semesters only.)
To maintain the scholarship, each recipient must maintain full time status as an undergraduate student and must earn a
minimum GPA of 3.0 per semester/quarter. Students must provide the Foundation with an official transcript and proof of full
time enrollment every semester to receive payment.
In making its decision, the Scholarship Advisory Committee shall use the following criteria:
—ACT score and GPA (Preference is given to students with a minimum ACT score of 20 and a minimum GPA of 3.0.)
—Availability and enrollment in “honors” or “advanced placement” courses
—Quality of letter of recommendation from high school principal or guidance counselor
—Acceptance into accredited college or university
LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.
The purpose of this program is to provide a need-based component to the state's financial aid plan to support nontraditional and low to moderate-income students who need additional aid to afford the cost of attending college.
To be eligible for a Louisiana Go Grant, a student must:
Be a Louisiana Resident;*
File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
Receive a federal Pell grant;
Have remaining financial need after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and all federal/state/institutional grant or scholarship aid ("gift aid") from student's Cost of Attendance (COA);
Be a student enrolled in an eligible Louisiana institution on at least a half-time basis (minimum 6 hours at semester school or 4 hours at a quarter school).
Award Amounts **
Award amounts to eligible students are based on the institution's allocation and their packaging policy. Awards may vary with each academic year. Awards will not be paid for summers sessions, quarters or terms.
Maximum and minimum annual award amounts for the Academic Year:
• Minimum Annual Award $300
• Maximum Annual Award $3,000
Must file a FAFSA or the Renewal FAFSA at least annually;
Continue to receive a Federal Pell Grant;
Have remaining financial need after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and all federal/state/institutional grant or scholarship aid ("gift aid") from student's Cost of Attendance (COA).
The Award can be renewed for subsequent years to a maximum lifetime award that correlates to that of the Federal Pell Grant.
*Residency: Louisiana resident as of the day the FAFSA is filed and Louisiana is the student's true and fixed domicile as reported on the FAFSA. If student's state of residence on the FAFSA is not reported as LA, but a dependent student claims that a non-custodial parent is a Louisiana resident, or that parents are Louisiana residents living out of state, LOSFA will determine residency based on the completion, by the parents, of a residency affidavit.
** Students should check with the financial aid office at the school they plan to attend regarding policy on award calculation and distribution.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and administration in agriculture. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming required. No more than one scholarship per state.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: One scholarship to applicants pursuing a four-year degree in general agriculture, agricultural business management, agricultural engineering, agriculture power and equipment or soil or water conservation with preference to those specializing in irrigation and soil technology. Must be a resident of Arizona, California or Idaho. One scholarship to applicants pursuing a four-year degree in environmental engineering. Must be a resident of Illinois, Louisiana or Texas. All applicants must have completed freshman year and have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Applicants will be considered on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership skills, community involvement, then financial need. Recipients must be willing to provide a picture for publicity purposes and tour a Rain for Rent facility.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
Eligible students will:
Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged!
Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)
Graduate or undergraduate; must reside in or attend school in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, or Arkansas
Graduate or undergraduate either residing in or attending school in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, or Louisiana.
Alumnae member living in and attending school in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, or Louisiana. Active member of alumnae group.
Scholarships only applicable for specific counties within this state
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