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    Brent P. Poor Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Baton Rouge Area Foundation

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 1, 2024
    Multiple awards worth


    Grade level

    High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    January 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you the child of a widow/widower who has never remarried and who will be enrolling/is enrolled as a full-time college student in Louisiana or Texas? If so, you may be eligible for the Brent P. Poor Memorial Scholarship. The award is a four-year scholarship, paying $1,000 per semester for eight consecutive semesters, for a total award of $8,000. To apply, interested students must submit a completed application, a recent academic transcript, an academic resume, their FAFSA Student Aid Report, a copy of their parent’s death certificate, and an essay answering “Please explain how the death of your parent has impacted your family and the challenges you have had to overcome.” The scholarship was established by the wife of Brent P. Poor, a man who passed in a tragic boating incident in 2010, to honor his memory by offering college tuition assistance to children who have lost a parent. If you’re an incoming college student who will be attending a school in Louisiana or Texas, and you are the child of a widow/widower who has never remarried, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.

    About Baton Rouge Area Foundation

    The Baton Rouge Area Foundation's mission is to make South Louisiana and the world a little better each day. They expand philanthropy, connecting people who give with the causes they care about most, and partner on projects for civic good. Such projects include downtown development, The Water Campus, improving mental health services, and building a health district in Baton Rouge.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students


    Louisiana, Texas


    Applicants must be the child of a widow/widower who has never remarried.

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.


    Academic transcript

    Resume or CV


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    Scholarship FAQ

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Baton Rouge Area Foundation at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    Yes, the Brent P. Poor Memorial Scholarship is renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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