Priority deadline is set for McNeese State University academic scholarship applications

Published 2:09 pm Thursday, October 25, 2018

To The Leader


Nov. 15 is the priority deadline for 2019-20 academic scholarship applications at McNeese State University.

“High school seniors should begin the application procedures now for academic scholarships to McNeese,” said Ralynn Castete, director of scholarships at McNeese. “Feb. 15 is the final deadline and the awarding of scholarships is currently underway and will continue until funding is exhausted.”

Each year, McNeese awards more than $6 million in scholarships to students with outstanding academic qualifications, according to Castete. These scholarships are awarded based upon the students’ academic abilities as evidenced by standardized test scores, previous academic coursework, GPA and class standing.

To apply for academic scholarships, students should complete the online application for Admission and Scholarships before the deadlines at and submit all documents such as transcripts and ACT/SAT test scores as well as information about honors, awards, extracurricular activities, and employment when answering the scholarship questions.

Castete said the McNeese Honors College also offers students an opportunity to learn within an inspiring and supportive academic community. Students with an ACT composite score of 27 or higher are eligible to apply for participation. The application and additional criteria are available on the McNeese website at

She said students wishing to qualify for the TOPS Scholarship Program must have a minimum ACT score of 20, complete the 19 units of required core courses and a 2.50 high school GPA on these core courses. More information on TOPS may be found at the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance website at

McNeese offers scholarships in many other areas as well, including band, vocal performance, theater, debate, visual arts, rodeo, cheerleading, dance team, and athletics. She said students are encouraged to visit the McNeese website or contact the individual departments for additional information on scholarship opportunities and application procedures.

Additional information regarding scholarship award values is available at or by calling Student Central at 337-475-5065.