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?"


Horatio Alger Scholarship

  • Deadline: October 25
  • Amount: $6,000 - $25,000
  • Posted 9/12/17

Open to high school seniors who demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, and be a U.S. citizen.


Coca Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

  • Deadline: October 31
  • Amount: $500 - $20,000
  • Posted 9/19/17

Open to high school seniors. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship that recognizes students for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.


Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

  • Deadline: October 31
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Posted 9/25/17

Must be at 13 years old to apply. Submit an online written response to the question:

"Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." (250 words or less)


Ron Brown Scholar Program

  • Deadline: November 1
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Posted 10/7/17

Open to Black/African American high school seniors. Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have a demonstrated financial need.


Be a Better You

  • Deadline: November 19
  • Amount: $500 - $1,000
  • Posted 10/17/17

Open to students ages 16 and older, current college students, graduate students.  Applicants will answer the question: Tell us about your academic dreams. How do you plan on applying funds from this scholarship to better yourself through the pursuit of your academic goals?


KidGuard for Education Essay Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: December 1
  • Amount: $500 - $1,000
  • Posted 9/12/17

Open to students in the 9th-12th grades. Applicants will write an essay on one of the following two prompts:

1. Does social media really "connect" us? Explain.

2. Should teachers/schools be able to regulate their student's social media accounts? Explain.


Save for the Future Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Posted 9/25/17

Open to high school seniors. Applicants will upload an essay describing how you save money in your daily life. For example, you often collect coupons online or in store. Any tips on how to be a smart consumer are appreciated here. Imagination goes beyond what you could expect. Your suggestion could help others in saving their budget.


Picture Keeper Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31
  • 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?

Ron Brown Scholar Program

  • Deadline: January 9
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Posted 10/7/17

Open to Black/African American high school seniors. Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, and have a demonstrated financial need.


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.


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.