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Scholarship Opportunities

Benton High School Scholarship Opportunities


The Scholarship Deadline has been extended to April 5, 2017.


The Lt. General (Ret.) Edgar Starr Harris, Jr. Scholarship was established in 2010 to benefit students planning to pursue a professional career in the United States military. The selection criteria is as follows: applicants who exhibit an intent to pursue a career in the U.S. Military; selection preference is given to dependents of members of the U.S. Air Force who are serving or who have served at Barksdale Air Force Base. The applicant must submit a transcript, resume, and 500 word essay on why the student has chosen to pursue a professional career in the US Military. Because some colleges and universities, such as the U.S. Air Force Academy, fully cover the cost of tuition and fees for enrolled students, applicants planning to attend these schools are typically often unable to accept the scholarship. 


To apply:  Submit the essay and required documents to Dr. Susan Campbell via email

The Scholarship Deadline has been extended to April 5, 2017.


For more information on locally funded scholarships, please go to the LINCC website ( or contact Dr. Susan Campbell, Community Information Manager at 318-221-0582 or email


We are happy to announce that the Financial Aid Office at Bossier Parish Community College will be hosting a FAFSA MARATHON for high school seniors.  The event will take place:


Wednesday, March 22 – Thursday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday   9:00 – 5:00

Thursday       7:30 – 5:30

Friday             7:30 – 4:00


The event will be held in Building F, Room 203.


The FAFSA MARATHON is an event that will allow high school seniors and/or parents to come to the College to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA. 


The BPCC Financial Aid staff members will be on-hand to help students complete the FAFSA and will be glad to answer any questions.  We will help all students/parents regardless of which College they are planning to attend.


Subject: Important information to help your students plan for college


The cost of a college education has become a critical part of the planning process for high school students and their parents. 


•           What kind of financial help is available?

•           How do I evaluate college award letters?

•           How do I increase my scholarship awards?


At Discover, we believe in providing financial literacy to high school students so they can make informed decisions during the college financial aid planning process. Visit for valuable free resources:  


•           Scholarship Sweepstakes — Beginning mid-March, students can enter to win a $2,500 Discover® Student Loans Scholarship Award.  We are giving away a total of $100,000 in scholarships to 40 individuals.  New for 2017 - Parents of eligible students can enter to win on behalf of their student.

Scholarship details may be found at  Please click on "Scholarship Awards".



•           Scholarship Search — Students and families can search over 3 million scholarships online.


•           Articles and Videos — Read up on college planning and financial aid topics, including understanding the award letter.




The Donald Brakeville Memorial Scholarship Committee shall award a $100 scholarship to a deserving boy and girl who has been actively involved at Benton High School for three years or more and who plans to pursue an education at a 4-year university, 2-year college or vocational school or college. 


Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA and must submit a completed application form along with a short essay telling about yourself and your plans for the future.  Recipients will be chosen by selection committee and will be based on scholarship, leadership, and citizenship.  Scholarship recipients will be announced at the BHS Awards Assembly on May 4.


See Mrs. Abernathy for an application.  All applications along with essay must be turned into Mrs. Abernathy on or before April 20, 2017.

The Louisiana Department of Education School Bus Transportation Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Southeastern State Pupil Transportation Student Scholarship Award Program. The eligible recipient must be a high school senior and must meet the following criteria: cumulative 3.0 GPA, possess leadership skills, have citizenship qualities and should have rendered community service.  The award application is due by May 12, 2017 and will be presented in July, 2017.  Please see the attachment for detailed information.




See attached Scholarship criteria and application process.


2017 Michael J. Penn Memorial Scholarship


Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Louisiana, this one-time $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school student who plans to attend a four-year college and major in Construction Management, Engineering, or Architecture. 


See Mrs. Abernathy or go to for an application.  The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.  The recipient will be announced May 12, 2017. 


Please see attached information regarding a scholarship for a Senior Male attending LSU in the fall 2017.  Deadline to apply is April 1, 2017.


Northwest Louisiana Law Enforcement Wives United is offering a $1000 scholarship to a senior student of a current or retired law enforcement officer. Our organization consists of wives of LEO in all of NWLA.  We are not only a support system for each other, but for all LE families in need.  We have helped numerous families in their time of need, all while making sure we are able to award our 1st Annual The Hero in You scholarship.     While our husbands are out serving our communities, we thought we would do the same!


Scholarship Requirements are:

* A NWLA senior student of a current or retired law enforcement officer;

* Has volunteered at least 10 hours (not including senior project);

* Provide two recommendations- one being from a law enforcement officer other than your family;

* Provide an official transcript;

*A 500-1000 word typed essay answering the provided question;

* Provide a picture.


The applicant must complete the attached application and provide the above requirements. Both must be completed by April 14, 2017.

Please send them to

Kristen Kennedy

PO Box 143

Plain Dealing, La  71064


A $500 scholarship will be given to a 2017 graduate of Benton High School.



  • 2.5 or better GPA
  • Be accepted for enrollment at a college or university in Louisiana
  • Complete an application form
  • Applicants will be evaluated based on character, need, and school or civic activities and contributions

See Mrs. Abernathy for an application.  Applications are due back to Mrs. Abernathy by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017.  The winner will be announced at the Senior Awards Assembly.


Bossier Federal Credit Union will award a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to a senior in Caddo, Bossier or Webster Parish entering college in the fall of 2017.  Any student interested needs to turn in a completed application, a current official transcript and a typed, double-spaced essay of approximately 500 words on the topic “You are required to spend the next year of your life in the past.  What year would you travel to and why?” 


Please see Mrs. Abernathy for an application and transcript.  Applications must be postmarked by April 17, 2017.


The Alpha Delta Organization, which is part of the International Epsilon Sigma Alpha service organization is offering a $500 scholarship to a Bossier Parish senior girl. We are naming the scholarship after Peggy LeGrand, a 31 year Alpha Delta member, who believed that volunteering for her community and the children of St. Jude Research Hospital was a must. 


Scholarship Requirements are:


  • A Bossier Parish School senior girl who wants to future her education either in college or vo-technical school;
  • GPA of 2.75 or better;
  • Has volunteered at least 40 hours (not including her senior project);
  • Provide two recommendations- one being from an organization which the applicant has done volunteer work;
  • Provide an official transcript;
  • Provide a picture.



The applicant must complete the attached application and provide the above requirements.   Both must be completed by March 24, 2017.  Please send them to Anita Kay Hilburn, PO Box 156, Haughton, LA 71037. 


Are you interested in Medicine, Biomedical Research or Allied Health Professions?

LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport is sponsoring the Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) for the summer of 2017.  This is an 8-week program that will allow students to participate in hands-on research activities under the mentorship of LSUHSC-S faculty while gaining knowledge and experience in scientific research.  The dates will be 6/1/17 – 7/28/17.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students grades 9-12
  • 16 years old by June 1, 2017
  • Letters of recommendation by science teacher
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Official transcript
  • 8 weeks of participation

Applications must be submitted online at

Deadline is MARCH 31, 2017


9th Annual NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest

Students wishing to enter the contest will write a 1,000-2,000 word essay addressing the prompt: “Louisiana Landscapes”.  The essay contest is open to all Louisiana students in grades 9-12.  In addition to three winners being awarded cash prizes and a $200/per semester NSU scholarship with a value up to $1600 if they attend NSU for 4 years, the three winning essays will be published in the Louisiana Folk Life Journal.  Contest winners will also be invited to present their essay on the 9th annual Louisiana Studies Conference held in Natchitoches, LA on Saturday, September 23, 2017. 


Please go to  for all essay details and information.   Entry deadline is May 19, 2017. 

On behalf of the members of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of MOAA:


1)  Lt Col Marvin T Stewart Memorial Scholarship:  $1,500

     Intended for Seniors planning to enroll next Fall as a full-time        college student.

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Applicants need to be enrolled in a JROTC program with intent to enroll in a Sr ROTC program or Service Academy;



   Applicants must know or have a way to gain sponsorship from an active MOAA member.

   (If a MOAA sponsor is needed, deserving applicants may contact us at to discuss gaining sponsorship)


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Note:  There is a caveat for parents who may have another child but that child is attending school out of the state.




2)  Ark-La-Tex Chapter, JROTC Leadership Scholarships:  $1,000

     Intended for Seniors in Bossier and Caddo Parishes planning to enroll next Fall as a full-time college student.


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 Applicants must be enrolled in a JROTC program with intent to enroll in a Sr ROTC program or Service Academy


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Note:  5 scholarships are normally offered in this category – increased amounts or additional scholarships have been offered in recent years


Application instructions and contact info is provided on the flyers.



If you or your staff have any questions,

please direct them to one of the following or call me direct:

  2. Our Ark-La-Tex Scholarship Chair
    ​ Mr. George Finck, at 965-4124




Michael L. Dilda

President, ArkLaTex Chapter


C: (662) 425-1556

H: (318) 459-6601


W: (318) 456-2962



LSU On The Geaux


This event is a great way for prospective seniors or juniors and their parents to interact with LSU representatives, learn more about LSU, and get questions answered.


This event is Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Superior’s Steakhouse in Shreveport.


Registration and more information can be found at .  This event is free but registration is required to attend, because space is limited. 


Executive Women International® (EWI) is a professional business organization which brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.  EWI has chapters in the Unites States and Canada.


As a means of encouraging, motivating, and assisting high school seniors in developing career objectives, Executive Women International’s® Shreveport-Bossier City Chapter is pleased to announce it is offering a financial award to those seniors (male or female) who plan to pursue a four-year degree.  This assistance is made possible through the Executive Women International® Scholarship Program (EWISP), and is approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American Vocational Association. 


The Shreveport-Bossier City Chapter of EWI will award one $2,000 scholarship to the winner, who will then advance to the national level.  The national scholarship awards are as follows:


First Place:                  $  5,000

Second Place:              $  3,000

Third Place:                 $  2,000

Finalists (5):                 $  1,000 Each


Attached is the EWISP Scholarship Application, which includes program guidelines, regulations, and application requirements.


 An administrative committee from Benton High School will select only one candidate from your school.  The application should be submitted to Mrs. Abernathy in the counselors' office.  The deadline for submission of the application is April 7, 2017.  




Louisiana Association for the Blind (LAB) offers two scholarships, each totaling $2500 to qualifying students; please see attached flyer and application for details.  The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 20th.  You may also apply online at


Please feel free to contact me directly at 318.635.6471 x262 for further information, or questions you may have about our scholarship program.


Thanks so much!




Audra Muslow Hicks 
Community Development Manager 

1750 Claiborne Ave. | Shreveport, LA 71103 
(318) 635-6471 | (318) 635-8902 (fax)


Please see attached information regarding a $2000 scholarship for youth who are currently in foster care, aging out of foster care and/or who have been adopted-having been in foster care.


You may also see Mrs. Abernathy in the counselors' office for an application.  Deadline is March 31, 2017.


Seniors and Parents of Seniors,


It is time to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Completing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or technical school. They provide more than $150 billion in grants, work-study funds, and loans each year, but you have to complete the FAFSA to see if you can get any of that money.  FAFSA is also your application for the TOPS scholarship.  


First, go to to apply for an FSA ID #...student and parent must apply for one.


Apply for FAFSA at


The Barksdale Officer's Spouses Club scholarships for military dependents only.

- for military dependents stationed here at Barksdale​

- download application from website

- deadline is March 24th


Attached is a book that may aid you and/or your student in the transition from high school to college, career, etc.  It is titled Simple Steps For Living Life:  Out On Your Own. This is a link to the book page...  It tells a little more about the book and has a link if people would prefer a printed version.


Please let me know what you think about the book.  I'm hoping to help lots of people! :)

Thank you so much!!!

Cindy Magee


The BPCC Office of Recruiting invites you to attend an informational program to learn about the College and answer any questions you may have.  Learn about admissions, financial aid, programs, and scholarships.  There is limited seating, so reserve your seats today at


All preview nights are held on BPCC's campus Building F, Room 203 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

February 23

April 6

April 20

June 1

June 15

July 11


Cameron McKoy Memorial Scholarship

For a Benton Student Athlete



Cameron McKoy, a former Benton High School Student Athlete, passed away on August 26, 2013.  Cameron’s family would like to grant a one-time scholarship award to a deserving student athlete at Benton High School in order to honor his memory.


The Foundation scholarship(s) will be awarded to:


  • A graduating Benton senior who has participated in athletics (athletics defined as a sport deemed as such by the LHSAA and also to include cheerleading and danceline) for a minimum of 3 years in high school.
  • Without regard to financial status.
  • Based on academic achievement, athletic participation, personal initiative, demonstrated leadership qualities, and a written essay.


Winners will be required to provide proof of college acceptance prior to the end of August of the year of the scholarship award.  Application is attached, or you may pick up an application in the counselors' office.  Deadline is April 12, 2017.


Jason Bland/Power The Cure scholarship is a $2000 scholarship that will be awarded to a Bossier Parish student with the desire to further their education in the Sports Medicine or other Medical field.  


To qualify for the scholarship, you must be student trainer or student athlete with a recommended minimum ACT test score of 20. 


Please see Mrs. Abernathy in the counselors' office for more information.  Deadline to submit application is April 1, 2017.


Attached is the Student Scholarships Newsletter.