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!


Kopfler & Hermann Overcoming Adversity Scholarship

  • Deadline: July 31
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 2/15/18

Open to high school seniors and current college students. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants should submit a 500-1,000 word essay which describes how you overcame adversity, outlining a specific roadblock through which you fought and emerged victorious.


Make Me Laugh Scholarship

  • Deadline: August 31
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Posted 5/3/18

Open to students ages 13 and older. Applicants should respond in 250 words or less to: "OMG...finding and applying for scholarships is serious business, but it's time to lighten things up a little. We don't want to know why you deserve $1,500 or how great your grades are; we simply want to LOL. Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh."


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. 


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.