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Louisiana has long been known for its phenomenal seafood. However, Louisiana students know that their state is well known for their academics. Given the large number of colleges and universities in the state, a number of scholarships have been created for Louisiana students. Some of these scholarships are only open to residents of Louisiana while other scholarships are open to students from any state who attends a college or university within Louisiana. If you are looking for Louisiana scholarships to help fund your studies, check out the list below:
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is open to students who had a parent die as a result of their service post September 11th. The amount of the award varies and students are required to complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for this award. Additional information can be found here: http://www.osfa.state.la.us/SandG.htm.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to future teachers in LA. This award is renewable for up to three additional years. In order to be eligible, students must have at least a 3.25 grade point average and plan to obtain a license that will enable them to teach. These awards may only be applied towards tuition, student fees, and room and board. In exchange for the award, students accrue a service commitment and must agree to teach in a high-need school for at least four academic years in one of the following fields: science, math, foreign language, special education, reading specialist, of other high-need areas. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.osfa.state.la.us/SandG.htm.
Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship provides awards to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in forestry, marine science, or a related field. The award provides $2,000 for undergraduate students and $3,000 to graduate students. In order to be eligible, students must attend a public college or university within Louisiana. The award is renewable. Additional information can be found here: http://www.osfa.state.la.us/SandG.htm.
Louisiana Go Grant Program provides financial assistance to moderate-income and nontraditional students. In order to be eligible, students must be a resident of LA and complete a FAFSA. Furthermore, students must be eligible to receive a Pell grant and have unmet financial need. Students must plan to enroll at a school within Louisiana for at least six credits. The amount of the award varies based on need and ranges from $300 to $3,000 per year. This award is renewable and additional information can be found at the following website: http://www.osfa.state.la.us/go_grant.htm.
In addition to the above scholarships, Louisiana students may want to check with their college or university about potential scholarships. Many schools offer their own college-specific scholarships and students can inquire about these at the school’s financial aid office. Additional grants may be available through the student’s academic department and are specific to certain majors. Lastly, students may want to inquire about local scholarships through organizations or clubs that they participate in during their high school years.
Author: Jeff Gitlen