Need financial help for college?

Here's a list of scholarship opportunities curated especially for Louisiana students by a Career Compass coach. The newest scholarship picks are at the top of the page. By scrolling down, you can access previously posted scholarship picks, with the upcoming deadlines listed first. 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 9/22/16

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?"


Wear Action Scholarship

  • Deadline: February 28
  • Amount: $500
  • Posted 1/23/17

Open to students ages 16 and older. Open to college students. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants will write a 700 word essay on "How fitness gadgets impact our lives."


Sweet and Simple Scholarship

  • Deadline: February 28
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Posted 1/30/17

Must be 13 years of age or older to apply. In 250 words or less, submit an online written response to: "Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it's the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you."


Story of the Year Contest

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Posted 11/29/16

The goal is to generate a compelling story for readers who are in middle school, high school or young adult. Stories could range anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 words. 


Frame My Future 2017 Contest

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 1/23/17

Open to high school seniors and current college students. Submit an original creation related to the theme "This is How I Frame My Future."


Life Lessons Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Posted 2/3/17

Open to students between the ages of 17-24, who have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian, and will be attending college in 2017.


State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: March 2
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Posted 2/3/17

Open to high school seniors. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.


Imagination Begins with You...High School Writing Contest

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Amount: $300
  • Posted 1/23/17

Contest is open to all high school students. Applicants should turn in an original short story of 1,000 words or less.


Create Real Impact Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 17
  • Amount: $500
  • Posted 2/16/17

Open to students between the ages of 14-22. Applicants will submit original artwork showcasing their ideas for a solution or strategy to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving. The focus of this contest are solutions to the problem of driving distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup, etc...


SleekLens Academic Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 30
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Posted 12/9/16

Open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. High school seniors must have an acceptance letter. Submit an essay on the following: Students use social media and the internet in all kinds of ways, from keeping in touch with their friends to researching for submitting assignments. One of the least thought about uses of social media is leveraging it to get a job after college. Discuss some of the ways that you could use social media to get a job after college. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using social media to get a job after college?


Fading Acne $2,000 Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 31
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Posted 2/17/17

Open to high school seniors. Must have a 3.0 GPA. Applicants will submit a video of five minutes or less, addressing: 1. How has the Internet changed the way you take care of your health? 2. What future development do you hope to see in the use of the Internet as a tool for maintaining and improving your health?

Vivint Smart Home Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Posted 1/23/17

Open to high school seniors and college students. Applicants will create a 1-2 minute video on one of the two following topics:

  • Tell us of a time when you or someone you know was affected by home invasion, burglary or vandalism or of a time when a security system was a benefit to you or someone you know.
  • Imagine your life without technology. How would you communicate with your friends and family, and what would you do in your spare time to better yourself?

Hungry to Lead Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Posted 2/24/17

Open beginning March 1 to students planning to pursue a degree in food service or hospitality. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA or ACT of 18. 


Big Sun Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 19
  • Amount: $500
  • Posted 11/14/16

Open to high school senior student-athletes, regardless of which sport. Please submit a 500-1,000 word essay answering:

  • How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
  • Has your participation influenced your career goals?
  • Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?

NoPlag Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Deadline: June 25
  • Amount: $3,500
  • Posted 1/30/17

Open to high school and college students. Must be at least 16 to submit. Applicants will submit a 700 word essay on a topic from the scholarship website.


Spirit Button Academic Scholarship

  • Deadline: August 1
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Posted 2/24/17

Open to any U.S. citizen, currently or about to be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year university or college. Applicants will submit a 700-1,000 word essay on the topic "what inspires me the most in life and why?"