BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and the Department of Education announced that the Louisiana Scholarship Program awarded more than 8,800 students with scholarships to attend a school of their choice for the 2014 - 2015 school year. The scholarships were awarded for student attendance at 133 participating schools in 30 parishes and 33 school districts across the state. The program received more than 13,000 applications from families across
Governor Jindal said, “We are proud to offer these scholarships to nearly 9,000 students across our state. These scholarships empower parents and allow them to select a school based upon their child’s individual educational needs so that they can grow up and pursue their dreams. We will continue working to improve education across our state and protect the Scholarship Program so that more students have an opportunity to get a great education.”
This year, 133 schools are accepting scholarship students. All schools listed on the application have undergone a rigorous review process involving independent accreditation, Department of Education surveys, and site visits.
Schools seeking to participate in the Scholarship Program began the process of being listed on the application last fall. Since then, the Department reviewed accreditation status and conducted site visits.
Eric Lewis from The Black Alliance For Educational Options said, “The continued increase in demand for the Louisiana Scholarship Program is a testament to the opportunities that parents across
“I think the scholarship gave me a great opportunity. Without it, I probably wouldn’t be headed to a great university as salutatorian. I probably would have been looked over and lost in the crowd. I believe if I can stay focused and determined, I can be very successful,” said Ashlee White, 2014 salutatorian of
“My son got his progress report yesterday, and his reading level is on the sixth grade now. When he went into the program, he was only on a first-grade level, and he’s grown five grade levels in two years,” said Kirby Tremekia, whose son, Jai (6th grade), and daughter, Jakiera (4th grade), attend Redemptorist Elementary School in Baton Rouge
“She loves her school. She definitely does not want to leave. She’s comfortable with being there, and it’s where I want her to be. It gives parents a chance to give their child the BEST—the best learning tools, the best environment, the best overall education,” said Lacey Williams, whose daughter, Harmony (2nd grade), attends St. John Lutheran School in New Orleans.
To be eligible, a child must have been enrolled in a C, D, or F-rated public school during the 2013-2014 school year, unless a student is entering kindergarten for the first time. Students must also be residents of
Demand for the program is high; last year, the Department received nearly 12,000 applications, and this year, the Department received 13,000 – more than 1,000 more families since 2013. The scholarship program has grown at a remarkable pace with nearly 9,000 students offered scholarship awards for this upcoming school year, growing from nearly 5,000 students who took advantage of the program just two years ago. Every year, the Department of Education works with participating schools to determine seat availability and attempt to match as many applicants as possible with the school of their choice. However, when the number of applicants exceeds available seats, the scholarships are awarded through a lottery process.