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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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: Website

Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award
Due Date: November 6, 2018
Info: Website

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Award: $1,000 – $12,000 per year for full time students at a 4 year college/university
Open to: High School Seniors
Due Date: November 15, 2018
Info: Website

Unlock My Future
Info: Website

The Eugene McDermott Scholars
Due Date: December 7, 2018
Contact for information: mcdermott@utdallas.edu

Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship
Award: up to $50,000
Open to: Seniors with GPA 2.5+ going to a 2-4 year college/university
Due Date: December 15, 2018
Info: Website

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Award: $10,000, $5,000, $1,000, or $500
Open to: Juniors and Seniors to write an essay (800-1,000 words) on the provided topic.
Due Date: December 31, 2018
Info: 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

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