Spotlight on Scholarship Funding

In April, education activists invited 70 students to protest against cuts to the state’s merit-based college scholarship program, TOPS. They wrote letters to legislators demanding funding for at least low-income families. Here are their letters, a lesson plan to help launch similar efforts in other communities, media coverage, and more.

OPINION: “TOPS should be for low-income students”

A student asks Louisiana Rep. Nancy Landry to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

OPINION: “Education was the only way for me to help my family”

A student asks the Louisiana governor and legislature to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

OPINION: “TOPS has impacted my life in a very positive way”

A student asks the Louisiana governor and legislature to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

Lesson Plan for Letter-Writing Campaign Protesting TOPS Cuts

NOTE: While this lesson plan was written to address funding cuts in Louisiana’s college scholarship program, it may be adapted to efforts to ensure access to postsecondary institutions outside the…

OPINION: “I was awarded $2.00 for TOPS, a dollar a semester”

A student asks Louisiana Rep. Nancy Landry to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

Dear Mr. Governor: How you can help poor kids in Louisiana go to college

The TOPS merit-based scholarship program is in jeopardy, but it doesn’t have to be