CJ McCollum is teaming up with College Beyond, a New Orleans-based organization dedicated to college access and success. The McCollum Scholars Program is designed to provide financial, socio-emotional, and academic support to low-income high school students in Orleans Parish who aspire to pursue a bachelor's degree.
“I want to provide students with the resources they need to think outside the box about what they can achieve in their lives and achieve!”
- cj mccollum
Who Qualifies for McCollum Scholars?
Current High School Junior in Orleans Parish:
Applicants must be a current high school junior attend a high school in Orleans Parish or reside in Orleans Parish.
Financial Need: Priority will be given to students whose household income falls below 200% of the poverty line, as well as those who qualify for government assistance programs such as SNAP, housing subsidies, disability, and/or free or reduced lunch.
Academic Excellence: Applicants should demonstrate a strong academic track record with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Leadership & Community Engagement: Students should exhibit a robust history of leadership roles and active participation in community engagement initiatives.
One Letter of Recommendation (from teacher, community member, mentor, or family member)
High School Transcript
Standardized Testing (highest ACT or SAT scores)
Proof of Financial Need (letter proving FRL status, tax documents, students who received the application or ACT waiver or in Upward Bound would qualify
Scholars Support Services Timeline
College Tours Personal
Common Application Support
Individualized College Advising
Submit College Applications
Financial Aid Support
Fall 2025-Spring 2027:
Spring 2027- 2029:
Career Advising Support
Do transcripts and standardized test scores need to be official?
Students can initially submit unofficial grades and test scores but will be required to provide official scores and grades if selected as a McCollum Scholar.
What if I haven’t taken a standardized test yet?
You're not obligated to submit standardized test scores if you haven't taken the test. Simply indicate in your application your planned date for the next test.
How do I submit my test scores?
You can download the score report from the testing website and upload it to your application platform.
How will McCollum Scholars be selected?
The selection process involves reviewing academic performance, leadership skills, and community dedication. Semi-finalists will undergo a virtual interview process from February 5th to February 16th. Finalists will be invited for an in-person interview between February 19th and February 21st.
How do I know if I meet the financial qualifications?
This scholarship is intended for low-income scholars attending high school in Orleans Parish. In this area, low income is defined as a household income of $62,700 or below for a family of four. Qualification extends to families receiving government assistance like Section Eight, SNAP benefits, and/or free or reduced lunch.