Since 1993, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars® has awarded almost $30,000,000, benefiting more than 5,000 public school students.

Dollars for Scholars scholarships are entirely funded by community support. Nationally, Dollars for Scholars began with $1.00 donations and Eleanor Roosevelt gave the first dollars. Jefferson Parish Public School students raise around $40,000 annually through dollar donations during the School Drive.


College Scholarships

Each year, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars awards 100-150 college scholarships to Jefferson Parish public high school seniors, most of whom are first-generation college attendees. Recipients are currently enrolled in almost 50 colleges nationwide, most in Louisiana, and graduates work all over the world. Since Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars has provided its college scholarship recipients with refurbished computers. Since 1993, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars has awarded almost 3,000 college scholarships.

Students attending public high schools in Jefferson Parish may apply for scholarships in the fall of their senior year. Most recipients receive four-year scholarships to Louisiana colleges or universities. These scholarships can be added to TOPS funding and to other scholarships a student may have received. Collaborative relationships between Jefferson Dollars for Scholars and Louisiana universities increase scholarship values for the four years a student attends that specific school. Some scholarships may be used at any accredited college or university. Current scholarship recipients attend 36 colleges and universities nationwide.

Currently, a student must have a minimum of a 3.0 weighted GPA and AT LEAST a 20 cumulative ACT score or higher in order to apply for scholarship consideration.

View our College Scholarships Program fact sheet here.

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Summer Academic Enrichment Scholarships

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars awards summer academic enrichment camp scholarships to public school students in grades K-8, enabling students to participate in enriching summer camp experiences that foster intellectual curiosity. The academic enrichment awards introduce young students to the scholarship concept and provide an early push for post-secondary education. Since the program began in 1993, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars has awarded 2,936 Summer Enrichment Scholarships.

At each school, students are selected by committee, based on criteria determined by Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, to receive this honor.  Please contact your child's school for more information on the selection process at your specific school. 

Enrichment programs include theater, science, art, computer, dance, study skills, music, and student leadership programs available throughout the metropolitan area.

View our Summer Enrichment Program Fact Sheet here.



Jefferson Dollars for Scholars "To the TOPS" program has helped students gain eligibility for TOPS and has generated a potential $3 million in additional TOPS dollars for Jefferson Parish Public School students. Seniors that have participated in "To the TOPS" classes have earned TOPS funding and received refurbished laptops.

Free ACT Preparation classes are now mainly offered through local schools so please contact your School Counselor for more information.