Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship

$1,000–$8,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
7/20/2023Submission Deadline

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In 1964, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation was established with a mission to support benefactors in furthering their causes for the welfare of South Louisiana’s community. They achieve their mission by providing assistance to benefactors to increase the assets that support projects and initiatives and incorporating community leaders in the development of adequate solutions to new possibilities and obstacles.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation funds the Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship Program. In 2020, alone $165,000 were disbursed on scholarships. This scholarship program brings students to a secure learning setting that is both welcoming and resource-rich.

The program also enables them to get the most out of their education, which aligns with their purpose of making a positive impact on the community. Any Louisiana undergraduate student interested in completing a degree in insurance is eligible for the award.

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Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

July 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on July 20.

August 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced in August.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Louisiana
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Grade transcript
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Recommendation letters
  • Essay

How to ace the Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship


Request a reference letter from your lecturer

You should request a reference letter from your major lecturer that includes unbiased observations and evaluations of your performance and attributes that are relevant to your chosen major. This is an important criterion to remember and adhere to.


Summarize goals and vision for your major

In the 250 to 500-word essay, explain why you chose the insurance major and include examples of activities you did at school or outside of school that applied to your major. Do not forget to be honest about the topic area and include a personal touch in your essay.


Include a copy of your score report

You can include either your AST or CST report. All of the requirements, including this report, are given the most weight by the scholarship committee, so it's best if you prepare it in advance so you don't forget to submit it.


Manage your time well

Allow ample time to complete the application and confirm everything before submitting it to avoid minor and major issues like grammatical errors, missing papers, and so on.

How the Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship is Judged

Applicants must be full-time students at a Louisiana university, college, or community institution pursuing an insurance-related area. Applicants must be enthusiastic about the insurance field and have the necessary skills and commitment related to the field of study.

Why We Love the Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship


Giving can be accomplished in many ways

The foundation offers a variety of giving opportunities, including starting a charitable fund and donating to charitable funds such as the EBR First Responders Fund and the Emergency Relief Fund, all of which promote the foundation’s purpose of supporting benefactors in their causes.


Nonprofit consulting service

Baton Rouge Area Foundation assists organizations with strategy implementation, committee formation, and fundraising program creation, all to help them accomplish their purposes more proactively.


Long-term projects that contribute to the community

The foundation demonstrates its commitment to making beneficial improvements in the community. The BR Health District, BR-Nola Inter-city Rail, and BR Lakes are just a few of the initiatives they're embarking on.

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Fighting the pandemic

The Baton Rouge Health District distributed over 15,000 personal protective pieces of equipment and granted $30,000 to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to build a coronavirus testing center in the same year.


5,000 treated at Bridge Center each year

The foundation's Bridge Center for Hope is to accommodate up to 5,000 patients, suffering from mental illness or addiction.


$9 million was raised for hurricane support

The foundation gathered and spent $9 million on restoration and redevelopment in Southwest Louisiana following hurricanes Laura and Zeta in 2020.


Accessible annual reports

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation's annual report is published as a magazine and is available in a designated section of its website.


19,000 complimentary meals for health-care personnel

Baton Rouge Area Foundation hired restaurants to provide 19,000 fresh, nutritious meals to healthcare personnel to help keep them going and thank them for their hard work.

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