William J. Doré Scholarship

$15,000Award Amount
16Number of Awards
3/15/2023Submission Deadline

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Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association members and friends have provided need-based college scholarships to low-income youth so that they can pursue their dreams of higher education. By the association’s 75th anniversary in 2022, they have awarded more than 35,000 deserving students a total of $235 million in scholarships. The association assists students pursuing bachelor’s degrees and graduate studies through its numerous scholarship programs.

The association has several scholarship programs that require applicants to either pursue a specific degree or attend a particular university. The William J. Doré Scholarship is one of them. The William J. Doré Scholarship Program is worth $15,000 funded by Association Member and Doré Energy Corporation CEO William J. Doré, and awarded to 16 high school seniors annually.

The scholarship is designed to help high school students who have faced and overcome significant life challenges. While many programs focus on academic achievement or leadership potential, the William J. Doré Scholarship seeks students who have demonstrated determination, integrity, and perseverance in the face of adversity, as well as critical financial needs. Applicants must be current Louisiana residents.

Key Information of William J. Doré Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

  • McNeese State University
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


William J. Doré Scholarship Timeline

December 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on December 1.

March 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on March 15.

May 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners will be notified in May.

Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Eligible Grade: High School Senior – High School Graduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2
  • Geographic Eligibility: Louisiana
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

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

  • Short Answers
  • Financial Information
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the William J. Doré Scholarship


Demonstrate your financial need

The primary criterion for selecting scholarship recipients is financial need. Only applicants, who can show financial need, will be considered for the scholarship, so include proof of financial need in your application.


Determination and perseverance in overcoming adversity

In your application, discuss the challenges you've faced and how you overcame them. Demonstrate to the judges your inner strength.


Volunteering in the community

In your application, highlight all extracurricular activities and/or community service work you did, in which you demonstrate leadership. Explain the impact you had on your community or project subjects. Any honors, merits, and certificates are to be added as well if applicable. Such activities are highly preferred by judges.


Stand out from the crowd

In your application, provide your voice and the complete picture of your character, ambitions, and abilities. Make it concise and interesting, and ensure it captures your pursuit of your undergraduate degree of choice. Tell the judges your story and what you hope to achieve. Stay focused and get a second or third eye review from your mentor or instructor.

How the William J. Doré Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are judged based on their financial needs, determination, and community service. Applicants are expected to be involved in their communities. They must be committed to bettering their communities and have a strong desire to give back.

Why We Love the William J. Doré Scholarship


No discrimination

The program is open to all residents of Louisiana as long as they meet the scholarship requirements. The association supports equality and diversity with no discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.


Scholars enjoy a variety of opportunities

In addition to financial assistance, the association provides scholars with a variety of services and opportunities. Scholars enjoy a variety of opportunities that will benefit them in the long run.


You join a robust alumni

Another thing we love about this scholarship is the intellectual opportunities it also offers. As a scholar, you will be part of a large alumni network.

5 Facts About The William J. Doré Scholarship


High school seniors only

You must be a high school senior attending McNeese State University or the University of Louisiana Lafayette to be eligible for the William J. Doré Scholarship.


Grade point average of 2.0

Part of the requirement for the scholarship is a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.


United States citizenship

Only applicants, who are U.S. citizens and current residents of Louisiana, are eligible only.


The scholarship is need-based

Applicants must demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family).


Only complete applications are reviewed

Your application and all required materials must be uploaded to the required platform to be reviewed.

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