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

Scholarship Points
Award: $10,000
Requirements: Sweepstakes Contest
Due Date: 09/15/2019
Email Address: members@scholarshippoints.com

Cameron Impact Scholarship
Award:
$50,000
Requirements: 3.75 GPA
Due Date: 09/19/2019
Email Address: bryancameronef.org

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship
Award: $18,000
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 21 ACT, Financial need
Due Date: 09/15/2019
Contact Number: 703-482-0623

Constituting America We the Future Contest
Award: $2,000
Requirements: Essay, Poem, Song, Film; all with Constitution Theme
Due Date: 09/17/2019
Email Address: constitutingamerica@yahoo.com

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

The Ron Brown Scholarship
Award: amount varies
Requirements:  This award is available to African American Students who have an excellent academic record and a commitment to community service.
Due Date: has an early deadline of November 1, 2019 and a regular deadline of January 9, 2020
Web Address: The application may be found at ronbrown.org

ACTS1:8 SCHOLARSHIP
Awarde: $500.
Requirements: 500 word essay, senior
Due Date: 10/31/19
Web Address: scholarships.com

COCA-COLA SCHOLARS
Award: $20,000.  150 awards
Requirements: achievement based, senior
Due Date: 10/31/19
Email Address: scholars@coca-cola.com

CREATE REAL IMPACT SCHOLARSHIPS
Award: $1500.   13 awards
Requirements: Identify a solution to fix distracted driving, students 14-22 are eligible
Due Date: 10/5/19
Email Address: createrealimpact@impactteendriving.org

ENF EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL GRANT
Award: $4,000.
Requirements: children of deceased elks
Due Date: due 10/31/19
Email Address: scholarship@elks.org

HAZ LA U EDUCATIONAL GRANT PROGRAM
Award: $15,000.  31 awards
Requirements: Hispanic , 3.0gpa, financial need
Due Date: 10/15/19
Email Address: info@hispanicheritage.org

HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
Award: $1,500.
Requirements: community service
Due Date:  10/15/19
Email Address: foundation@nsca.com

NCSA MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP
Award: $1,500.
Requirements: Black, Hispanic, Asian American or Native American majoring in strength and conditioning
Due Date: 10/15/19
Email Address: foundation@ncsa.com

SAVE A LIFE SCHOLARSHIP
Award: $1,500.  2 awards
Requirements: major in the field of health care, CPR
Due Date:  10/1/19
Email Address: scholarships@onlinecprcertification.net

STUDENTS WITH A HEART FOUNDATION
Award: $6,000.
Requirements: heart condition, 3.0 GPA, 500-2000 word essay
Due Date:  10/1/19
Email Address: info@studentswithaheart.org

VFW VOICE OF DEMOCRACY COMPETITION
Award: $30,000.
Requirements: students grades 9-12, expression of democratic ideas and principles
Due Date:  10/31/19
Email Address: youthscholarships@vfw.org

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