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Rewards For Success

scholarship-clipart-Scholarships LA GEAR UP is pleased to announce the opening of the 2014-15 Rewards for Success (RFS) scholarship competition. Every year LA GEAR UP students apply for $200,000 in RFS scholarship awards of $1,000, $500, and $250. RFS awards are paid into START Savings Accounts.  Students can apply scholarship awards toward college tuition, fees, and other eligible Qualified Higher Education Expenses.



Account Statements

In March of 2013, over 4,000 previous winners of Rewards for Success scholarships were mailed START Savings Account statements which identify their account details.  These account balances include a student’s initial RFS scholarship award and any additional interest earned or earnings enhancements applied to the account by the START Savings Program. For an explanation of the START Savings Program, view the video below:


Students are eligible to use their Rewards for Success scholarship funds once they have enrolled in post-secondary education.  The disbursement form below must be completed and submitted to the Louisiana GEAR UP office in order for those funds to go to the institution where the student is enrolled.  Note that students currently enrolled in high school can use their Rewards for Success scholarship funds for dual enrollment or summer coursework offered through area colleges.

Disbursement Process: Complete this Disbursement Form if you are the beneficiary/student and have been accepted at college and would like to begin using RFS funds at the college you are or will be attending. Please note that a separate Disbursement Form must be completed for each educational term.
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  1. Andreanna smith

     /  March 31, 2015

    I was a 2010 graduate from high school and I have a balance left to use on my scholarship how can I use it towards summer school

  2. Tiffany

     /  June 2, 2015

    How do I go about getting my balance for my rewards for success scholarship? I graduated 7 years ago.


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