Guidance

Overview

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.

ONLINE RESOURCES

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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National Honor Society
Award: $25,000
Requirements: NHS member in good standings
Due Date: 12/07/2019
Email Address: mshedd@applyists.com

TOBY MERRILL SCHOLARSHIP
Award: $38,000
Requirements: ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS, LEADERSHIP
Due Date: 05/01/2020
Email Address: info@tobymerrillscholarship.org

Catholic College Essay Contest
Award: $20,000
Requirements: Enroll in a Catholic college
Due Date: 02/18/2020
Email Address: programs@cardinalnewmansociety.org

Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship
Award: Varies
Requirements: Major in Insurance Related Field
Due Date: 07/20/2020
Email Address: scholarships@braf.org

Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship
Award: $12,000
Requirements: Forestry or Wildlife Studies
Due Date: 07/01/2020
Email Address: custserv@la.gov

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
Web Address: apiascholars.org

Cooke College Scholarship
Award: up to $40,000
Requirement: available to a high achieving senior with financial need
Due Date: November 13, 2019
Web Address:  www.jkcf.org

CHICK AND SOPHIE MAJOR MEMORIAL DUCK CALLING CONTEST
4 AWARDS, CASH PRIZES
SENIOR STUDENTS
DEADLINE TO APPLY NOVEMBER 23, 2019
DEHOLT@WINDSTREAM.NET

International Bipolar Foundation Annual High School Essay Contest
3-$1,000. awards
students ages 13-19, essay of 500-1,000 words on mental health and addiction
Due November 30, 2019
agood@ibpf.org

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship
40 awards, $10,000.
senior with financial need, ACT score of 26 or better, GPA of 3.5 or higher
Deadline  November 13, 2019
scholarships@jkcf.org

RAU FOR ART SCHOLARSHIP
theme THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE EARTH!
SOPHS,JUNIORS AND SENIORS
DEADLINE OF MARCH 6, 2020
visit RAUforART.com

Visit WEIRD UNKNOWN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE and see what you may qualify for.

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.

FastWeb.com
Petersons.com
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:

ACT
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
Peterson’s
Princeton Review

Loan Services

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

Nelnet
Sallie Mae

Other Sites

NCAA.org Students pursuing athletics in college