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Counselor's Corner

Lake Arthur High School

Counselor’s Corner

Cecilia Jernigan, Academic Advisor

Updated on 11/5/19

Students who are completing college applications, and who qualify for application fee waivers based on family income should come see me to fill out a fee waiver request form. 

Students and parents are also invited to attend a FAFSA workshop on the evening of Tuesday, November 5th beginning at 5:30.  Please bring last year’s tax information as that is needed to complete the application for financial aid. Seniors who bring in proof of FAFSA completion will get a Jean Day pass once a month.  You do not have to attend the workshop to get the Jean Day pass, just proof of FAFSA completion.


Registration is now open for the Class of 2020 to enter for a chance to win a $500 scholarship through Lela is Louisiana's top resource for college planning, and anyone who plans on going to college is eligible for a chance to win. Click on the link below to register for a chance to win.

Louisiana Colleges & Universities

Now is the time to begin applying for colleges and universities!


  • We’re excited that you’re considering McNeese State University! For the eighth consecutive year, McNeese has received national recognition as one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities by U.S. News and World Report.  McNeese is the First Choice for thousands of students every year. We have over 50 degree programs and we are known as having one of the best returns on investment for tuition and high average starting salaries for its graduates. Let us help you make this your McNeese.


  • Imagine a place where welcome is in the air, invention is a way of life, red is everywhere you look, and ragin’ is what you want to be. That’s UL, that's Lafayette, and we’re pleased that you’re applying for admission. Every year, we welcome more than 6,000 undergraduates: freshmen, transfers, students returning after a break, and international students.


  • Welcome to Louisiana State University Eunice.  LSUE is LSU’s only comprehensive, two-year institution providing access and education to enrich the lives of its diverse students, enhance statewide economic development and improve the vitality of the communities it serves.


  • Maybe you bleed purple and gold, or are just learning about LSU and like what you see; either way, we’d love to have you join our Tiger family. Apply today!


  • Northwestern State University has been educating students for more than 130 years: Whether you are a high school graduate, master or doctoral candidate, distance learner, or non-traditional student seeking a flexible schedule, Northwestern State can provide the path to enhance your career.


  • THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE has been the setting of students in pursuit of excellence. Its campus spans over 200 acres of pecan groves, green fields, and beautiful Bayou DeSiard.


  • Southeast Louisiana is like no place else on earth. Nothing here is done in half measures. People enjoy life to the fullest – the food, the sunshine, the quick hugs and easy laughter – which explains why we draw visitors from all over the world. Nicholls State University is very much an expression of this generous and embracing culture. We believe in a serious education delivered with gusto. That means intense learning, career preparations, fast friendships and an appetite for accomplishment. Take a taste of Nicholls, and we promise you’ll come back for more.


  • Louisiana State University at Alexandria is a publicly supported institution that provides undergraduate level college education to the citizens of Central Louisiana. The university is a unit of the LSU System and operates under the auspices of the Louisiana Board of Regents.


  • Grambling State University combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college, a combination that enables our students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. We offer more than forty (40) undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs through four colleges,  including two professional schools and a graduate school.



  • Southern University and A&M College is a comprehensive institution offering four-year, graduate, professional, and doctorate degree programs, fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). The University today is part of the only historically black Land Grant university system in the United States.  Click the link below to apply.



  • WELCOME TO LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY.  What opportunity will you seize today? In the Tech Family, we embrace challenge and create innovative solutions. You’re more than a number here.  You Belong at Tech


  • Under Southeastern's historic oaks, you'll find modern facilities, exciting events and world-class learning opportunities. Our main campus in Hammond, Louisiana, is just 50 miles north of New Orleans and 45 miles east of Baton Rouge.  Click the link below to apply.


  • The University of New Orleans offers an education for those who are full-time doers and all-time dreamers. Our campus is a place for those who know the future isn’t something you wait’s something you build.


  • Centenary empowers you to do more. For yourself. For others. For the world.


  • Since beginning as a medical college in 1834, Tulane has grown into one of the most well-respected research universities in the country. We’re one of just 62 members of the Association of American Universities, an elite group of top-ranked research institutions.


  • At Loyno, you define who you want to be: a free-thinker, an entrepreneur, a risk-taker, a scientist, a creative, and above all yourself — the thing no one else can be. This education lets you find that. It allows you to do more than transform yourself; it allows you to transform into yourself. Fact: Your Loyola education will change the way you live.


  • Founded in 1906, Louisiana College is a private, Baptist coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs that are relevant, relational, and rigorous, and are built upon a Christian worldview. LC has a tradition of outstanding academics and is the only Baptist, four-year institution in Louisiana.  Click the link below to apply.


  • Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.


  • Since 1869, Dillard University has been committed to providing students with a quality four-year liberal arts education. Dillard is a fully accredited private, historically black university. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dillard among the nation’s Top 10 HBCUs, based on comprehensive undergraduate studies. Dillard also was awarded a Top 10 Ranking in 2010 for liberal arts schools in the social mobility category by Washington Monthly.


Scholarship Opportunities

Here is a list of scholarships currently open for application!


  • Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KINGâ„  Scholars program has awarded $35 million in scholarships to more than 33,000 high school students, BK® employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2018 alone, the Foundation awarded $3.7 million to more than 3,400 students in North America.  Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. The application period for the 2020-2021 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2019 and closes Dec. 15, 2019. Click here to view the scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply now.


  • The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. The scholarship provides up to $6,000 each semester, for up to eight consecutive semesters, to help recipients graduate college debt free. Over Eight Hundred Hagan Scholars from 42 states are currently attending 325 colleges and universities.  Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents and enroll at a four-year not-for-profit college or university the first semester following high school graduation. Scholarship benefits include Free Workshops, Schwab Accounts, and Study Abroad; providing recipients with a practical understanding of important life skills not typically taught as a part of the school curriculum.


  • AXA Achievement Scholarship:  The 2020 program year is open from September 1, 2019 until December 15, 2019 or until 10,000 applications are received. Click on the link below to apply.


  • The Science Ambassador Scholarship:

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.  Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications close December 9th, 2019 at 11:59PM CST. See the link below for details.


  • CC Banks Young Scholars Scholarship:

Each year CC Bank’s Young Scholars Scholarship offers up to five $2,000 scholarships to students attending universities, colleges, and other academic institutions across the U.S.

2020-2021 Scholarship Application Requirements:

Applicants must be under the age of 30.

Applicants must be U.S residents.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

At the time of the scholarship award, the applicant must be enrolled to an academic institute.

Applicants must apply by Monday December 31, 2019 to get the scholarship during the 2019-2020 academic year. Every application received afterwards will be moved to next year’s applicants.

All five scholarships will be awarded by Monday February 20, 2020.


  • DEWALT Trades Scholarship

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2019 3:00 pm CT or when 1000 applications have been received.  Stanley Black & Decker has established the DEWALT Trades Scholarship to assist students attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school who are pursuing a trade degree/certificate in an industry aligned with the Stanley Black & Decker Maker Goals – including but are not limited to Construction, Industrial, Motor/Power Sector, Mechanics, and Technology. The award is $10,000.


  • The RISE Financial Progress Scholarship:

The RISE Financial Progress Scholarship awards five $3,000 scholarships each year to students who demonstrate a desire to improve their financial knowledge – by taking a financial course – and sharing what they learn – through a scholarship essay.  Scholarship recipients may use the scholarship money to help pay for educational expenses, including tuition, fees, housing, textbooks, or even a new computer. Program cutoff will be the first 1,000 applications submitted or the May 1, 2020 deadline, whichever is first.

  • Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support.