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.


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?


Education Matters Scholarship

  • Deadline: November 30
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Posted 10/23/17

Must be 13 years or older to apply. Applicants will submit an answer in 250 words or less to the question: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?"


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.


Burger King Scholars

  • Deadline: December 15
  • Amount: $1,000 - $50,000
  • Posted 10/23/17

Open to high school seniors who have a strong academic record with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and are passionate about serving the community.


The Publicity.ai SEO & Content Marketing Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 15
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 11/2/17

Open to high school and college students. Applicants must submit a brief essay explaining the best use of content marketing - the act of producing content to compel your audience to appreciate and share it - that they have seen. Studying in the fields of Business, Marketing, Computer Science, Communications, or IT are recommended, but  not required. Being passionate about appreciating great marketing is an absolute must.


Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 15
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Posted 11/17/17

Open to high school seniors and current college students interested in sales and marketing. Applicants will submit a video to explain, present, convince, inspire, entertain, market and/or sell your reason why you deserve to win this scholarship.


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?

SHM Cleaning Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31
  • Amount: $250
  • Posted 11/2/17

Open to high school seniors and college students. Candidates must already be accepted to a school. Special consideration will be given to those who will be studying business or business-related courses. Candidates must hold a base GPA of 3.0.


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.


$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.


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.


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.