The Youth Challenge Scholarship program of the Louisiana National Guard Foundation provides scholarships to graduates of the Youth Challenge Program (YCP) administered by the Louisiana National Guard’s Education Program throughout the state.
The Youth Challenge Program is a nationwide program whose mission is to “intervene in and reclaim lives of 16- to 18-year-old youths producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.” The program is administered at Camp Minden, Camp Beauregard, and Gillis W. Long posts of the Louisiana National Guard. There are approximately 1,850 students in the program annually with a 65% graduation rate.
The student must be a graduate of the YCP program and currently enrolled in an accredited university, college, or vocational technical school and in good standing with the institution. Evidence of this must be provided with the scholarship application. A student may reapply each year for additional scholarship money provided they remain in good standing with the institution. The maximum scholarship available per student per year is $1,000.
YCP Graduate Procedures:
- File out an application.
- Write a paragraph on their experience to be forward with the application.
- Two faculty references.
- Documentation that the student is currently enrolled in an institution. This institution
may be a four-year university, community college or trade school.
- The funds are to be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment.
- Funds will be paid directly to the institution.
- Scholarship recipients are required to submit a written follow-up report to LANGF within
one year of receipt of their scholarship describing how funds were utilized and how the
scholarship aided their education.