Collegiate Academies Launches Scholarship Fund

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Collegiate Academies Scholarship Fund!

The Collegiate Academies mission is not merely one of college access but of college success. Due to an unforeseen reduction in TOPS funding, our students currently receiving TOPS at various Louisiana universities will lose significant portions of their funding and will likely have to transfer or drop out. It is mission critical to help our students fill this gap in funding. To do so, we need your help. Our hard-working students will apply for the scholarships that you help fund, and we will keep you updated on their progress.

Approximately 90% of CA students who receive the TOPS scholarship are Pell Grant-eligible (are from low-income backgrounds). These students rely on TOPS to attend college.

For low-income students, factors outside of academics (finances, family, etc) can be obstacles to college success. CA alumni who receive TOPS are half as likely to withdraw from college because of non-academic issues. When TOPS is removed, there is no correlation to students’ academic ability or work ethic and their failure to persist in college.

Overall and across all sub-groups, our TOPS recipients persist in college at higher rates than those who do not receive TOPS.

The TOPS program was created to keep Louisiana’s best and brightest here at home. They have made homes at their colleges across the state. Please help us keep them here so they may fulfill CA’s mission and their credo. Where are you headed? To college! And then what will you do? Give back to others.

Please make a donation and designate the Collegiate Academies Scholarship Fund: “Click here:“

Meet some of our students and please check back for more student profiles and updates on our scholarship fund.

Student Profiles

Chance Holmes

Chance is a freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). He is studying Health & Physical Education. He wants to coach basketball for his career. He is currently an Assistant Manager for the girls’ basketball team at ULL, an opportunity he got because of the networking he did with athletic staff.

Chance’s mom is currently unemployed, but actively seeking work. Chance says that TOPS not only helps him accomplish his goals, but it helps his whole family. It eliminates his family’s added stress of paying for his college education when they have no income to do so.

“Because of TOPS, I am able to manage the women’s basketball team, something I cherish and love very very much,” said Chance. “This opportunity is now helping me be able to pursue my dream job of being a college basketball coach. Without TOPS, I wouldn’t have been able to attend college, which means I wouldn’t have been able to pursue my dreams.”

Sydney Moxley
As a freshman at Nicholls State University studying journalism, Sydney has already joined clubs and stays super active on campus. She currently holds an office with the Nicholls State Student Government Association and received a 3.4 GPA last semester.

Because Sydney is low-income and has a nontraditional household. She went through several phases of financial aid verification this summer. At one point she thought she wouldn’t be able to attend school. Her paperwork wasn’t processing and she wasn’t receiving her critical financial aid.

As a TOPS recipient, Sydney said that she is always able to buy her school books, can attend campus events, and is able to really take part in college because of her TOPS aid. Without it, these things wouldn’t be possible.

Michelle Tran
Michelle received a 3.8 GPA last semester at the University of New Orleans (UNO). She is currently pre-med and is planning to be a nurse practitioner. While at UNO, Michelle plans to study abroad.

Before enrolling at UNO, Michelle was considering other colleges, but was unable to pay the $500 enrollment and orientation fees.

TOPS makes it possible for me,” says Tran. “Everything that I wish for in my future doesn’t seem insurmountable any more. TOPS is like a stepping stool for our future.”

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