The Guidance Department is an integral part of the total education program at Archbishop Shaw High School and is designed to aid students in their personal, academic, and social growth. Our primary responsibility is to assist each student in achieving his maximum potential. This requires the combined efforts of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and counselors working together toward this goal. School counselors have extensive training in personal and academic counseling, interpersonal skills, and college and career planning. We are available to answer questions, listen to problems, and to provide academic guidance. Do not forget the role of the guidance counselor is to help you.


The Internet is a great place for researching and planning your next step.
Below is a compilation of great websites to help you get started.

Financial Aid

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) Website provides one-stop information on financial aid resources for Louisiana postsecondary students. The TOPS portal for students offers online TOPS eligibility status; TOPS rules and bulletins, TOPS forms and TOPS frequently asked questions. The Web site also features information on Stafford Loan status and a list of links to free private scholarship search services and Louisiana institutions.

Federal Student Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Available College Scholarship Opportunities

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AAG’s Do Something Good
Award: $1,500
Requirements: 18 years or older; community service helping the senior community
Due Date: 1/31/2020
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Award: $38,000
Due Date: 05/01/2020
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Catholic College Essay Contest
Award: $20,000
Requirements: Enroll in a Catholic college
Due Date: 02/18/2020
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Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship
Award: Varies
Requirements: Major in Insurance Related Field
Due Date: 07/20/2020
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Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship
Award: $12,000
Requirements: Forestry or Wildlife Studies
Due Date: 07/01/2020
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APIA Scholarship
Award: range $2500-$20,000
Requirement: Asian and Pacific Islander who will enroll in college in the fall of 2020
Due Date: January 22, 2020
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ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay
Award: $1,500
Requirement: 700-1200 word essay on backflow prevention
Due Date: 1/31/2019
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Cancer for College General Scholarship
Award: $5,000
Requirements: Cancer patient or survivor
Due Date: 1/31/2020
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Carson Newman Tarr Full Tuition Music Scholarship
Award: 4 awards; full college tuition
Requirement: senior majoring in music
Due Date: 1/29/2020

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Award: various amounts
Requirements: must be a minority
Due Date: 1/13/2020

Due Date: DEADLINE OF MARCH 6, 2020
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Hope for Healing Scholarship
Requirements: seniors that will pursue studies in the field of addiction and mental health treatment
Due Date: 1/15/2020
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John F Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest
Award: 7 awards; $10,000
Requirements: 700-1000 word essay using 5 sources on your understanding of political courage
Due Date: 1/17/2020
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Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship
Award: 10 awards; $5000
Requirements: 2.5 GPA, sibling of a cancer patient, victim, and/or survivor
Due Date: 1/30/2020
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PGA Works Golf Management University Scholarship
Award: 10 awards; $8,000
Requirements: pursue a golf management degree
Due Date: 1/31/2020
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The Hamilton Award
Award: 35 awards; $500
Requirements: junior in high school, low income family, first generation college
Due Date: 1/29/2020
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Scholarship Searches

The following sites provide free searches for private scholarship and grant funding:

College Board

College Board’s website has a “Pay for College” section, which includes tools such as a “Scholarship Search” tool and “Calculators” for helping you plan your college financial needs.
CASHE-Sallie Mae
Sallie Mae – College Answer

Testing Services

Information on test dates and locations, online test registration, and sample questions and answers for the ACT and SAT tests are available at the Web sites of American College Testing and The College Board:

College Board (SAT, PSAT, AP exams)

College Guides

These sites provide descriptions of colleges, a searchable database of colleges by major, online college applications, and information on summer programs:

College Board
Princeton Review

Loan Services

These sites provide information on the current status of federal Stafford loans that are serviced by the company listed:

Sallie Mae

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