Need financial help for college?

Here's a list of scholarship opportunities curated especially for Louisiana students by a Career Compass coach. The scholarship picks with the closest deadlines are at the top of the page. This isn't meant to be a comprehensive list - just a few of our weekly faves. Happy hunting!


Courage to Grow Scholarship

  • Deadline: 30th of each month
  • Amount: $500
  • Posted 7/29/17

Open to juniors and seniors and college students. Must have minimum GPA 2.5. Applicants will answer question in 250 words or less: "Why do you believe that you should be awarded this scholarship?"


Scholarship for Future Farmer of America (FFA) Members Attending LCTCS Institutions

  • Deadline: open
  • Amount: $500
  • Posted 11/16/17

High school students who are members of FFA have a $500 scholarship waiting for them in any Louisiana Community and Technical College System institution in a first-of-its-kind partnership in the state. Securing the scholarship is simple. All students have to do when registering for college is check a box on the application form indicating that saying they are an FFA member in good standing. LCTCS and FFA will do the rest for verification.


Dell Scholars Program

  • Deadline: January 15
  • Amount: $5,000 - $20,000
  • Posted 12/3/17

Open to high school seniors that participated in an approved college readiness program (such as Upward Bound), have a minimum 2.4 GPA, eligible to receive the Pell Grant, and plan to enroll full-time in a bachelor's degree program.


$1,000 Art Scholarship Sweepstakes

  • Deadline: January 18
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 11/13/17

Open to students under 25 years of age and enrolled or planning to enroll in art school. Applicants will submit a photo of one original piece of art and describe that art - inspiration and medium.


Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 30
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Posted 11/2/17

Open to high school students, college students, and graduate students. Young people spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media - and this doesn't include computer use for schoolwork. The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time. To apply, complete the application form, including a 140-character message about technology addiction. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500 - 1,000 word essay about technology addiction.


College Raptor Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 31
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Posted 1/4/18

Applicants must be 16 years or older and and either enrolled or planning to enroll in post-secondary school no later than Fall 2019. In 500 words or less, reflect on how College Raptor was helpful in your college search and allowed you to discover your best fit, based on your goals.


The Purpose Challenge

  • Deadline: February 1
  • Amount: $5,000 - $25,000
  • Posted 1/10/18

Open to high school seniors. Applicants will submit a college entrance essay, including a personal long-term goal and what motivates you to achieve it.


The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship

  • Deadline: February 21
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 9/19/17

Open to high school seniors that are accepted to a college by February 21st, and current college students. Applicants will submit the first chapter (1,500 - 7,500 words) of an original novel that is being written or have written, but not yet published.


Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Posted 11/2/17

Open to high school students, college students, and graduate students. Applicants will submit an original photo, artwork, or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.


Picture Keeper Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 30
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Posted 10/6/17

Open to high school seniors and college students. Must have GPA 3.0 or higher. Submit:

  1. Photo - Submit a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PictureKeeper. 
  2. Essay - Submit a written essay (200-300 words) on the following topic: What are you doing to follow your dreams and how does this picture portray it?

STAR Academic Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: May 15
  • Amount: $500 - $1,500
  • Posted 10/17/17

Open to high school seniors who have been adopted or in foster care and be know to have overcome adversity. The applicant should demonstrate good character and high achievement.


High School Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: June 30 and December 31
  • Amount: $500 
  • Posted 12/3/17

Open to all high school students. Applicants will submit a poem that is 20 lines or less, the sole work of the entrant, and not entered in any other concurrent contest.


Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Scholarships

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Amount: $500 - $2,500
  • Posted 1/10/18

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation provides individual scholarships and grants to deserving Louisiana high school students attending two-year and four-year Louisiana undergraduate institutions, based on financial need and academic performance. Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher, earn an ACT score of 19 or better, completion of an advanced 19 unit TOPS core curriculum, submit one character reference letter, and have received a letter of acceptance to a Louisiana college.

Students meeting the criteria may call the foundation at 504-589-0555 to request an application form. High school students can apply after they receive their final high school transcript.


Louisiana Education Loan Authority (AskLela)

  • Deadline: Various
  • Amount: Various

The Ask Lela Scholarship search functionality is a Google Docs file that is accessible to anyone. The website lists scholarships by name and the websites to obtain a description of the scholarship and the eligibility requirements.