Available Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarships are available for the Fall 2021 semester.

Applications should be submitted no later than close of business on the deadline date noted in the scholarship description.  You can pick up a copy of the application in the Scholarship Office, or you can email brandy.stpierre@nicholls.edu for a copy.

**Students who have received other scholarships/awards, have extra-curricular involvement, or are members of organizations may submit a co-curricular activity reporting form (may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office).  The co-curricular form is available at https://www.nicholls.edu/student-affairs/

THE F. MAX HARDBERGER SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a full-time senior who is majoring in Pre-Medicine/Biology. The applicant will have at least a GPA of 3.5. The recipient may receive the scholarship for two consecutive semesters, provided he/she maintains a 3.5 GPA and full-time status. The recipient need not reapply if the criteria are met during the first semester.  Applications are available in the Scholarships Office.  Applications are due no later than close of business Friday, July 9, 2021.

THE HELEN ALENE MELANCON EXCELLENCE IN MEN’S BASEBALL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP [1 @ $375]: Awarded to a high school graduate who demonstrates strong academic and leadership achievements and is an athlete who will compete in intercollegiate Baseball at Nicholls State University. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student and be NCAA eligible. (A full-time student is defined as a student enrolled in 12 or more hours of credit courses.) The recipient must be receiving an athletic scholarship in baseball.  If awarded, the athletic scholarship may be reduced by the value of this award.  The recipient may keep this scholarship for four years provided they meet all the above criteria and maintains a 2.80 overall GPA.  The recipient must also demonstrate financial need.  Applications are available in the Scholarships Office.  Applications are due no later than close of business Friday, July 9, 2021.

South Central Industrial Association (SCIA) Scholarship [1 awarded]The applicant must be an employee or a dependent child of an employee of a SCIA member company (Nicholls is a member).  Grandchildren of employees of a SCIA member company are eligible to apply as well.  The applicant must be considered a full-time student (12 or more hours).  The applicant must have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.  If the applicant is a first-time freshman, he or she must have graduated from high school with at least a 2.5 GPA.  The applicant must be a resident of Lafourche, Terrebonne, or St. Mary parish and have graduated from a high school in one of these parishes.  The applicant must have a completed FAFSA on file at Nicholls.  The applicant must have remaining unmet need after their financial aid package is complete.  The applicant must not be in receipt of any academic scholarship aid, excluding TOPS.  The scholarship is valid for up to 4 years, provided the student maintains continuing eligibility criteria.  Applications are available in the Scholarships Office.  Applications are due no later than close of business Friday, April 30, 2021.


The scholarships below are available for Fall 2021 from outside organizations:

Applications are now being accepted for the Thibodaux City Marshal Calvin Cooks, Sr. Scholarship Program.  All eligible students in the City of Thibodaux/Ward 2 area are encouraged to apply.  Two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school students who are planning to attend Nicholls State University or Fletcher Technical Community College. Applicants must be a permanent resident of the City of Thibodaux/Ward 2 area and must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on the application. The award will only be paid for attendance at one of the aforementioned qualifying institutions as a full-time, undergraduate student.  Scholarship application forms can be obtained by emailing Calvin Cooks, Sr. at calvin.cooksvz@gmail.com.  Completed applications can be turned in at 1309 Canal Boulevard (2nd floor) Thibodaux, LA 70301 or mailed to Calvin Cooks, Sr., 144 Pecan Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301.  All applications must be received by Thibodaux City Marshal Calvin Cooks, Sr. no later than Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. All eligible applicants will be included in a live drawing on Facebook at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.  There are no restrictions on applicants by reason of race, creed, color, age or national origin.

Bayou Industrial Group (BIG) is now accepting applications for its 2021 college scholarship program.  Graduating high school seniors in Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption and St. Mary Parishes who will be enrolled at Nicholls State University or Fletcher Technical Community College in Fall 2021 are eligible.  The deadline to mail the completed scholarship application and required attachments is Friday, April 23, 2021.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by July and scholarship payements are made directly to Nicholls and to Fletcher.  Application and scholarship rules can be found at http://bayouindustrialgroup.com/scholarships/

The South Central Industrial Association (SCIA) Merit-Based Scholarship will be awarded to a dependent child of an employee of a SCIA member company (Nicholls is a member) in good standing or to a child of a SCIA member firm in good standing.    The applicant must have a high school GPA of at  least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT composite of 20.  The applicant must have two letters of recommendation, one from an educator and one from an outside source (not a relative) included in their application.  Applicants must have participated in extra curricular activities and provide community service activities OR must have work experience in its place.  The applicant must also include a 500-700 word essay on one of the questions provided.  Applicants must attend an accredited Louisiana 2 or 4 year college program.  One scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of a  Terrebonne high school.  The scholarship application and essay questions can be found here

The Mildred D. Higgins High School Scholarship is available for 2021 high school graduates.  Scholarship recipients must enroll at least full-time during the 2021-2022 academic year in a program that leads to a college degree or certificate at a LASFAA member institution.  The deadline date is June 30, 2021.  For more information and to apply visit https://www.lasfaa.org/mildred-d-higgins-high-school-scholarship

The Hazel Felix Castagnos Memorial Scholarship is currently available for Fall 2021.  The scholarship is available to students enrolled full-time at Nicholls State University majoring in a fine arts field.  Applicants must have completed at least one year of college.  You must attach a copy of your high school and college transcript to the application.  Preference will be given to Terrebonne Parish residents or children of Terrebonne Parish residents.  The deadline date for application submission is April 9, 2021.  More information for the scholarship is available at https://houmalittletheatre.com/wordpress/ The application can also be found here.

The Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that awards $2,000 annually for an undergraduate student and $3,000 annually to a graduate student pursuing a degree in forestry, wildlife or marine science at a Louisiana Public College or University. The cumulative maximum award is $12,000 for up to three years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study.  All applicants must also have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the July 1 prior to the academic year you wish to be considered.

The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation Scholarship is available for students who are battling epilepsy. Two students will be awarded five hundred dollars to use towards their educational expenses. This is an unrestricted scholarship and the recipients are able to use the funds as needed to help them with their educational expenses. To qualify to apply, we require the following:

  • Student must be graduating from high school, an undergraduate, or graduate student
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 GPA and provide the most recent transcript
  • List one personal reference and one professional. Professional can be a teacher if not employed.
  • Letter from licensed physician confirming your diagnosis
  • Fill out application and submit a 500 word essay on what you want to accomplish and your future goals.

Essays must be put into a word document and sent in along with application to info@defeatingepilepsy.org. Please put in the subject box “Defeating Epilepsy Scholarship Fund” when emailing application. Applications are reviewed by our scholarship team. Please download our application form and submit with your essay.  Applications are accepted from January 1st to June 1st and winners are announced by August 1st. We encourage those who qualify to apply and work towards defeating epilepsy.

The Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) is now accepting applications for its 2021 Academic Scholarship Program.  The program, which will award two $1,000 scholarships in 2021, is available to two types of female students pursuing higher education: 2021 graduating high-school senior and the non-traditional student. The application form and guidelines can be downloaded here. The submission deadline for applicants is April 15, 2021.

Nursing Scholarships for First-Generation College Students

The College Ave Monthly $1000 Scholarship Sweepstakes is available for students.  You can enter to win here A new winner is selected each month, so be sure to enter to win each month.

The Citizens Scholarship Sweepstakes is open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students as well as their parents or sponsors to help them pay for college. Entering is easy, all they need to do is fill out the registration form online and submit.

The Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award is available for students to apply for.  You can enter to win here 12 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a scholarship to help cover college expenses.

Sallie Mae’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program is offering the following scholarships.  The deadline date to apply is March 8, 2021.

  • The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors: In 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund will award (25) $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year degree professional certificate, or vocational training program. Seniors who excel inside and outside of the classroom and demonstrate financial need can apply now through March 8 at www.salliemae.com/landing/bridging-the-dream
  • The Completing the Dream Scholarship: In 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund will award (260) gap scholarships worth up to $2,500 to minority students and those from underserved communities who are on track to graduate but are at-risk of not completing due to financial emergency or unpaid school bill. Students can apply for the Completing the Dream Scholarship, at www.salliemae.com/landing/completing-the-dream.