Scholarships

The E. J. Ourso College of Business awards over 100 scholarships annually to incoming and continuing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These scholarships are awarded based on student need, merit, and donor-specific criteria.

LSU’s online scholarship system, Blackbaud Award Management (BAM), helps students across the university in their scholarship search. This system is a centralized resource for scholarships available university-wide and within the individual colleges.

INCOMING STUDENTS

When students complete the LSU admissions application online and select a degree program in the E. J. Ourso College, the information submitted during the application/acceptance process will be automatically entered into BAM to determine eligibility for potential scholarships university-wide, as well as, within the college. 

The priority admissions deadline for scholarship consideration for incoming undergraduate students is December 15. Incoming freshman who are selected for an award will typically be notified in the spring. 

Graduate students will be considered for awards based on information provided in their admission application. Timelines vary by department.

For questions about scholarships awarded by the university, contact the LSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

In addition to LSU scholarships, Financial Aid & Scholarships also maintains a list of opportunities outside of those offered directly through the university. These scholarships are not awarded or administered by LSU. Any questions about these funds should be directed to the sponsoring organization. 

CURRENT STUDENTS

Current Ourso College students who will be continuing at LSU into the next academic year must submit an online application each year through the BAM system to be considered for university or college-level scholarships. 

Scholarship applications open in BAM on November 1 for scholarships that will be awarded for the following academic year. 

Undergraduate deadline for most awards: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
More information on graduate awards coming soon - deadlines often vary by program.  

All current students can access the scholarship system at: lsu.academicworks.com

Sign in with your myLSU/PAWS user id and password. After logging in, students will be directed to complete the LSU and E. J. Ourso College of Business applications. These applications will automatically enter you into the applicant pool for many of the scholarships that you may be eligible for. 

Once these applications are completed, you may be directed to a list of other scholarships for which you may be eligible. Click on a scholarship’s name to see the criteria and apply for that individual scholarship as well, if eligible. These scholarships can be found by viewing “Recommended Opportunities” from the opportunities tab in BAM. 

To be considered for awards each academic year, you must complete this process annually.

After the scholarship applications close, the appropriate scholarship committee will review applications for each award and make their selections. For undergraduate students, this will typically be at the end of the spring semester. Students will be notified if selected and awards will be processed for receipt in the next academic year. For graduate students, the timeline varies by department. Contact your program for details.

Financial Aid & Scholarships also maintains a list of additional scholarship opportunities, outside of those offered directly through the university. The scholarships on this list are not awarded or administered by LSU. Any questions about these funds should be directed to the sponsoring organization. 

For questions or more information on scholarships awarded by the E. J. Ourso College of Business, email ejoscholarships@lsu.edu or call 225-578-1520.

 

 

Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund 

College-level scholarships include many major-specific awards and the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund, a scholarship designed to offset internship-related costs. 

The Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund aims to reduce financial barriers that can come with accepting an internship, like travel or temporary moving expenses, low-paying or unpaid positions, and expenses associated with living in a major metropolitan city. 

All full-time E. J. Ourso College of Business undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Students interested in pursuing internship funding should have a written offer letter for an internship. A wide range of internships will be considered for funding, including paid and unpaid internships, in-person and virtual positions, and local and out-of-state opportunities. 

Each calendar year, the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund applications open in the fall; notifications will be made in late spring. Review the eligibility criteria and application process below. Please direct any questions about the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund program to Stephanie Gandy.

To be eligible for the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student admitted to the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business
  • Be continuing studies at LSU after the completion of summer internship
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing with the university
  • Have a secured summer internship prior to the application deadline.
  • Students must provide a written offer letter confirming the internship position as part of the application.

A variety of internships will be considered for funding, including:

  • Paid and unpaid positions
  • Local and out-of-state positions
  • Internships can be for academic credit, but this is not required
  • The position must be applicable to the business landscape.
  • The position must be professional and cannot be solely focused on clerical, support, or administrative tasks.
  • Internships must be at least ten hours per week for 15 weeks in the fall semester and 20 hours per week for eight weeks in the summer.

Funding through this program is made available to support travel and living expenses (such as housing, food, and travel expenses) while completing a summer internship.  This support enables students to participate in unpaid or low-paid opportunities. Award funding is not provided in place of compensation for work. Students are responsible for finding an internship and covering expenses outside the value of the award.

The award amount varies and is determined by a selection committee based on available funds and a student’s demonstrated need. 

Application Timeline

Application for funding must be submitted online through the Blackbaud Award Management. Applications open in the fall and close in the spring with notifications coming late in the spring semester. Specific details will be found on college social media channels and in the weekly student newsletter.

Applying for Funding

To complete an application, you will be required to submit the following information via the Blackbaud Award Management system:

  • Résumé
  • Personal Statement, including reflections on:
    • What are your career goals?
    • How will this internship experience enhance your career goals?
  • Budget
    • Expected living expenses for the duration of the internship
    • Include any additional funding sources available to support the internship (paid position, savings, family, etc.)
  • Copy of the formal offer letter (or email) from the internship employer.
  • The following details must be included in the offer letter:
  • Details regarding your secured internship/experiential learning opportunity that must be included in the offer letter*:
    • Company name
    • Internship job title
    • Geographic location (city, state, country)
    • Start and end date
    • Contact information of the hiring employer: full contact name, work phone number, work email

* If any of these details are not included in the letter, please submit them on a separate page but in the same file as the letter.

Award Recipient Requirements

All students who receive funding through the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund must complete a short reflection form upon completing their internship and provide two photos from their internship. The reflection includes:

  • A brief overview of your role/responsibilities for the internship
  • A brief statement on the impact that this funding had on your ability to participate in the internship
  • Thoughts on how this internship influenced your future career path 
  • Provide two photos of you at your internship. These can be outside the office building with company signage, in your workspace, with your supervisor or fellow interns

Disclaimer: the items included in the reflection may be used for promotional purposes of the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund or the E. J. Ourso College of Business internship program. The images and testimonials you submit could be used on the college’s social media channels, website, or other printed marketing materials.

Finding an internship:

Handshake offers a variety of internship and co-op opportunities to students. Students may also inquire about internship or co-op opportunities through networking, researching the company, and following up with informational interviewing or other job search sites.

Getting advice:

The OBSS Professional Development team can provide support before and during internships and help students leverage their experience in their search for full-time employment. Schedule an internship advising appointment through Handshake.

Ensure you’re ready:

The OBSS Professional Development team will work with you to ensure that your résumé, LinkedIn page, and interview skills are professional and optimized to meet your career goals. Schedule a professional prep advising appointment through Handshake.

 

Support Student Internships

The Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund is made possible by the generous support of an anonymous E. J. Ourso College alum who moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a career on Wall Street. This donor was inspired to create this award opportunity in recognition of the impact a collegiate internship experience can have on a student’s career path. 

The E. J. Ourso College of Business is grateful to the alumni and donors who have made this program possible. If you are interested in helping grow the next generation of business leaders through real-world work opportunities, consider giving to the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund.

To make a gift in support of this fund, please visit lsufoundation.org/givetobusiness and note the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund in the gift comments box. You may also use the link above to give to the college's general scholarship fund, which helps put a world-class business degree within reach. 

 

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