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!


Entertainment Software Association Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 26
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Posted 3/5/18

Open to female and minority high school seniors or current college students. Applicants must pursue degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.


American Academy of Chefs Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 30
  • Amount: $1,500 - $2,500
  • Posted 3/19/18

Open to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, and are accepted to an institution with a culinary, pastry, or food service-related major.


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.


BestMattressReviews.Com Sleep Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 19
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 2/23/18

Open to high school seniors and current college students. Applicants must be carrying a minimum 3.0 GPA currently or at the end of their senior year. Applicants will submit a creative video application that answers:

  1. How important is sleep as a public health issue? Sleep has gotten a lot of coverage in the last few years and we'd like to know how you think it stacks up and why you feel that way. Please use research and statistics to back up your opinion.
  2. Describe your current relationship with sleep and assess the quality of that relationship. Research and cover at least two to three ways you think you should change your lifestyle/sleep habits to improve your sleep health and how you plan to implement them over the next year of your life.

Fifth Month Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 31
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Posted 4/20/18

Open to students ages 13 and older. In 250 words or less, reply to: "May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny."


Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 31
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Posted 4/20/18

Open to high school seniors and current college students who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Must be under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.


St. James Parish Scholarship Fund

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

Open to high school seniors and current college students who graduated from Lutcher High School or St. James High School, and maintain a permanent address in the 4th or 5th district of St. James Parish.


Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 31
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 3/19/18

Open to high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores. Applicants will submit a CD with 3-6 images and an artist's statement, including your reasons why you want to be an artist.


10th Annual Louisiana High School Essay Contest

  • Deadline: May 31
  • Amount: $150 and $200 per semester if you plan to attend Northwestern State University
  • Posted 3/19/18

Open to students in grades 9-12. Applicants will submit an essay of 1,000 - 2,500 words on one of the following options:

  1. Creative nonfiction in which you describe an experience that could only have happened to you in Louisiana.
  2. A folk or fairy tale set in a Louisiana setting. 

"Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 2/2/18

Open to high school seniors who are pursuing an animation-related degree program. Selection is based on high school academic performance combined with the application essay, "What specific skill do you most want to develop?


The Waterlogic Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Posted 3/1/18

Open to high school seniors and current college students. 783 million people worldwide do not have access to safe, clean water. In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. Given the resources of today's technological age, how can the problem of clean water be resolved? Choose one solution and in 600-800 words, explain how this idea would specifically impact developing countries.


College Raptor Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Posted 3/1/18

Open to legal residents of the United States who are 16 years and older. To be considered an applicant, a person must register with www.CollegeRaptor.com, use the College Search tool and submit a short original, previously unpublished response to one of the scholarship topics. Applicants need to be enrolled in (or enroll no later than the fall of 2019) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university or trade school).


Junk a Car Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 4/9/18

Open to high school seniors. Applicants will submit a 350 - 500 word essay explaining why you deserve a scholarship.


Do Over Scholarships

  • Deadline: June 30
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Posted 4/23/18

Open to students ages 13 or older. In 250 words or less, answer: "If you could get one 'do-over' in life, what would it be and why?"


Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award

  • Deadline: June 30
  • Amount: $1,000 
  • Posted 4/23/18

Open to high school seniors and current college students. Applicants must write a short essay no longer than 500 words on a given topic related to cyberbullying.


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.


Gardiner Foundation Scholarship

  • Deadline: July 5
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Posted 4/9/18

Open to high school seniors. Applicants should write a letter describing why you should receive the scholarship. Applicants should also supply one letter of recommendation.


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.


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.