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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JRC Insurance Group Scholarship
Award: $1000 Scholarship
Requirement: Seniors – 500-1000 word essay
Info: Website

US Bank Scholarship
Award: 5 awards- $20,000, $10,000 and 3 at $5000
Requirements: Must be US citizen and a senior
Info: WebsiteInfo: Website

Unlock My Future
Info: WebsiteInfo: Website

Rau for Art – Art Scholarship Competition
Award: $12,500
Due Date: February 1, 2019
Info: Rau for Art Foundation and/or see Ms. Reine or Mr. Markese for information

Jump Start Scholarship
Info: Webstie

Ochsner Blood Bank Scholarship
Info: Website

The Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union
is offering a $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship opportunity
is available to senior students with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
The student must submit an essay of 250-1000 words.  The essay
should highlight “not for profit, mot for charity, but for service”.
The application deadline is March 22, 2019.  Please see Mrs. Reine
for an application or visit

The Jefferson Financial Credit Union
is offering  the Peter C. Bertucci $1,000 scholarship.
Seniors must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and plan on
enrolling in a 2 or 4 year college program, provide 2 letters of recommendation
and a 300 word essay. Applications are available at or
in the guidance office of Mrs. Reine.
Friday, March 1, 2019 is the deadline to submit the application.

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

Other Sites Students pursuing athletics in college