Many thanks for everyone that attended our College Awards program last Thurs. We cannot do this without the support of our board members, university partners and all our friends and supporters. A big shout out to Jefferson Parish John Young, JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Jim Meza and School Board President Larry Dale for giving the recipients a few words of encouragement. We know what a special day it was to many of our recipients.
That day, we gave out over 100 scholarships to attend over 51 colleges nationwide. We are proud to be helping students with their secondary education for the past 20 years. And we are grateful for all the support we receive from the community-at-large.
We have a small lost and found item from our ceremony! If you lost anything, please contact us at 504.831.1565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a very useful link all about renewing your TOPS scholarships! It is very important that you renew it each school year!
5/9/13Our College Scholarship Awards ceremony will be today at 4:00 at the Holiday Inn in Metarie. We hope to see you all there!!
Holiday Inn Metarie
2261 N. Causeway Blvd.
We are happy to announce that Channel 6 WDSU is airing a story to promote a laptop drive for JDFS to help the needy students in the Jefferson Parish Public School system! Tune in to Channel 6 on Thursday, May 9th on the Morning Show to hear from CACRC's Executive Director Nancy Jo Craig, JDFS's CEO Lisa Conescu, and scholarship recipient Dwight Davison talk about our laptop program.
JDFS has been issuing laptops to all of its scholarship recipients since 2006. Since then, over 1100 computers have been distributed! With the help of Channel 6 WDSU and CACRC (Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council) we hope to collect even more laptops to give to these students from now until August 1st.
If you would like to help, please take your computer to your closest drop-off location. Please make sure your computers have a Dual-Core processing system, Windows 7 (or newer), and WiFi capabilities. CACRC is the only place in Louisiana certified to recycle computers and completely wipe your computer clean. As always, all donations to JDFS are tax-deductible.
To donate your computer, please call your closest location ahead of time to schedule a drop-off time.
Jefferson Dollars for Scholars
3330 N. Causeway Blvd. Ste. 429
Metarie, LA 70002
Nancy Jo Craig
1400 Main St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Congratulations to the JDFS Summer Enrichment Scholarship recipients for the summer of 2013. On Thurs., April 25th, JDFS gave away over 130 scholarships to students in Jefferson Parish!
For those parents that are still unsure where to send your kid this summer, JDFS has the solution! We have updated our very hefty camp list again! New ones are highlighted in yellow. A reminder to parents to register your child asap for the camps. They are rapidly filling up! Please note that the list is not a comprehensive list.If you're interested in attending a camp this is not listed here, please call our office (504-831-1565) and provide us with a description of the camp and a breakdown of the camp fees for approval. Happy selecting!!
Attention School Drive Coordinators:
We finally have the 2013 Camp List for our enrichment camp recipients. It can be found by clicking here! You should have received an email with a copy of this camp list as well as the below information. Each one below is an active link to the actual document EXCEPT for the Payment Authorization form, marked in red. Please either check your school email or contact the JDFS office for a copy of the Payment Authorization form.
We are so excited that Sports Mania and Wellness Challenge is well on its way. We are generating all kinds of excitement for this family-friendly sports festival! Be sure to check out the page and register today!
Due to all the excitement around the city, we are expanding the School Drive to Feb. 4-22. The envelopes should be returned to the schools by Mon., Feb. 25th and all monies should be returned to the JDFS office by Fri., March 8th. Please contact us with any questions or comments.
***UPDATE: As of 1/24/13, the first packets of School Drive information has been Ponyed and emailed to all coordinators. If we did not receive your updated information, we also included the principal's name. Please let us know if you do not receive this packet and if you have questions. ***
It's that time of year again! What better way to celebrate the new year than by bringing in the new with your favorite organization? JDFS will have a fundraiser at Corks and Canvas this Mon., Jan. 14th. From 6-9 p.m., you can paint your own Blue Dog for only $45! This includes wine, food and refreshments to make your artwork look like a masterpiece. Because it is! This is a great event to bring your friends and family- no matter what their age is! Space is very limited so reserve your spot today!
Scholarship Application for High School Class of 2013
The JDFS College Scholarship for the 2013 School Year is available by clicking on this link. Don't forget! We also need the counselor's page, for the application to be complete. The deadline this year for the scholarships is Mon., Jan. 14, 2013. The application is also available at any Jefferson Parish Public High School Counselor's office. So don't delay! Fill it out today!
The support for Jefferson Dollars for Scholars’ School Drive last year was magnificent!
Thanks to Jefferson Parish Principals, School Drive Coordinators, Faculty, Staff and Families,
the 2012-2013 School Drive raised over $52,000 and you were our TOP supporters last year!
Because of your help:
· 140 students enjoyed Summer Academic Enrichment Programs this past summer.
· 162 Jefferson Parish Public School graduates from the Class of 2013 have begun post-secondary education on Jefferson Dollars for Scholars scholarships.
· 841 Jefferson Parish Public School graduates are current Jefferson Dollars for Scholars recipients attending 4-year undergraduate programs.
· 43 schools raised 100% or more of their “dollar per scholar” goal, which earned each of those schools an additional summer camp scholarship for their students.
It's time to start thinking about the School Drive for the 2013-2014 year!
The 2012-2013 School Drive will be held February 4-8, 2013.
Please take a moment to designate a COORDINATOR for your Jefferson Dollars for Scholars fundraiser.
Have the Coodinator fill out the Coordinator Form found at http://jeffersondollarsforscholars.org/images/coordinator%20info%202013.doc.
The deadline for the form is Wed., Nov. 14, 2012.
How Will Your Students Benefit From Jefferson Dollars For Scholars?
1. Each Elementary and Middle School will be able to award at least one summer enrichment camp scholarship again this spring. In addition, all schools that contribute 100% or more will be awarded an additional camp scholarship. Last year's top fund-raisers were Audubon Elementary, which raised an amazing 755% of their goal and Hazel Park, which raised an impressive 395% of their goal.
2. High School Seniors are eligible for college scholarships as described in the applications distributed through high school counselors. Each high school is also invited to participate in the ACT prep classes that is offered twice a year compliments of Jefferson Dollars for Scholars. Since 2006, each college scholarship recipients has also been offered a refurbished laptop for college. The laptop stays with them all four years so the students have the most valuable school supply for the 21st century.
3. Future graduating classes will be eligible for college scholarships when they become high school seniors.
4. The School Drive is a powerful tool for our fund-raising in the business community and in the private sector since our students and schools are INVOLVED PARTICIPANTS in Jefferson Dollars for Scholars fundraising. Dollars for Scholars was founded on the principle that if everyone in the community gave $1, every student in that community will be able to go to college. We are proud that the Jefferson Parish Public School System is part of this wonderful tradition for the past 20 years.
P.S. Please remind your camp recipients from last year to e-mail us about their camp experience if they haven’t done so already. Forms are available at http://jeffersondollarsforscholars.org/images/Documents/my%20summer%20form%202012.pdf
Don't miss out on our next FUNdraiser at the Cars of Yesteryear where we're FUELING SCHOLARTS! On Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. for only $25/person, over 200 people will enjoy a private collection of antique cars and toys that's only open for this event! Mingle among on-of-a-kind treasures as you sip wine and talk about the future of education and the arts with some of Jefferson Parish's best and brightest! It will truly be:
Attn: High School Class of 2013
The JDFS College Scholarship for the 2013 School Year is available on by clicking on this link. Don't forget! We also need the counselor's page for the application to be complete. The deadline this year for the scholarships is Mon., Jan. 14, 2013. The application is also available at any Jefferson Parish Public High School Counselor's office. So don't delay! Fill it out today!
Can you believe that we only have FOUR!! days left until our biggest event of the year? The 19th Annual Golden Tassel Gala will soon be upon us, and we would like to remind all those who plan on attending, but haven't purchased a ticket yet, to please do so now. Don't miss the oppurtunity to experience this amazing event. Remember, it only comes once a year.
If you're interested in purchasing a ticket, please follow this link. Golden Tassel Gala Ticket Page
More information about the Gala can be found on its official webpage, which is listed under the Events tab above.
Take a look at our exciting new fundraiser!
We would like to give a huge shoutout to Nolagraph Productions and Tres Bien Photo + Video. Nolagraph generously did all of the cinematography and editing for our new promo and VIP videos completely free of charge. We're not done filming yet, but from the work we've done with them so far, we can honestly say that they're a true top-notch company with a strong dedication to professionalism and quality.
We highly recommend them and encourage you to check out their website to get an idea of the amazing work that they do. We also encourage you to check out Tres Bien Photo + Video, Nolagraph's sister company. While Nolagraph focuses primarily on events and design, Tres Bien's focus is wedding and family photos.
Today is it! Benefit Night at Corks N Canvas 6-9 p.m. Great family event to support a great cause! Register now at http://www.corksncanvas.com/events/viewEvent.aspx?eventID=71723
Deadline for the Class of 2012 Mixer has passed, but it's not too late to still register! Call 504-831-1565 today to reserve your spot! for more information http://www.facebook.com/events/383636125031816/
We would like to give a big shout out to Luna Bazaar for donating 150 paper fans for our Sports Mania/Wellness Challenge. We really appreciate the donations, and we encourage you to check out their website.
Attention: ALL High School and College Classes of 2012
Board Members and Scholarship Sponsors
Networking reception for JDFS Classes of 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
From 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Lobby of the UNO Jefferson Campus building
3330 N. Causeway Blvd.
No cost to attend
High school Class of 2012: http://jeffersondollarsforscholars.org/images//hs%20paper%202012.doc
College Class of 2012: http://jeffersondollarsforscholars.org/images//grad%20survey%202012.doc
Updates to the Gallery
Come check out our gallery. We've just updated it with new pictures of our 2012 laptop recipients and of the closing ceremony of Camp T-B!AC, one of the fantastic summer programs available to our summer camp scholarship recipients. Make sure to check back often, as we are constantly updating our gallery with exciting new photos and videos.
Attention Board Members:
We've updated the board member section of our webpage with the minutes of our last meeting on April 19. Be sure to check it out.
Attention Enrichment Summer Camp Recipients:
We are starting to get some of the Camp experience forms and pictures of the students having at the camps. We have created a folder and would like to include your pictures and how your camp was for you. Please fill out the Summer 2012 Enrichment Camp Student experience form and return to the JDFS office as soon as you can. We love hearing about the camps and seeing all the wonderful pictures. So please share your joy and good times!
Part Time Volunteer Internship Position Available – Administrative Assistant/Marketing or Communications Intern
We are currently looking for a part-time marketing or communications intern/administrative assistant that would be interested in volunteering their time and energy to our great organization. The ideal candidate will be willing to learn and have a passion for helping others. He/she must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) confidently and easily. You will be expected to do mail merges, create and maintain confidential databases and assist with the planning of the annual fundraiser Gala and other fundraisers. Attention to detail is necessary. Telephone and people skills are a must. As in any non-profit organization, the right person will feel that there is no job too big or too small.
Rebroadcast times for the Awards Ceremonies
College Ceremony- Fri., 6/8 at 10 a.m., Fri., 6/15 at 7 p.m., Fri., 6/22 at 10 a.m.; Fri.,6/29 at 7 p.m.
Enrichment Summer Camp Ceremony- Fri., 6/8 at 4 p.m.; Fri., 6/15 at 10 a.m.; Fri., 6/22 at 4 p.m., Fri., 6/29 at 10 a.m.
Please set your DVRs and let us know what you think of facebook!
Class of 2012 Scholarship recipient Laptop Pick-Ups
For any college scholarship recipient for the Class of 2012, laptops are now available for pick ups at the Jefferson Dollars for Scholars office located at 3330 N. Causeway Blvd. This is the 4-story gray UNO Jefferson Campus building. Our office is located on the 4th floor in Suite 429.
Hours for pick up are 1-5 Mon-Fri of this week (6/4-6/8) and 1-5 Mon-Wed. of next week (6/11-6/13).Students will have to bring a picture ID and expect to be in the office for 15-20 mins. filling out additional paperwork.
If you are unable to come during that time, call the office (504-831-1565) to schedule another time for pick up.
For the first time in JDFS's 19 year history, we have partnered up with CASA to offer some of our enrichment camp scholarships to foster children that would otherwise not have had this opportunity. For one reason or another, each year JDFS has some enrichment camp scholarships that are not used. This year, our partnership with CASA has ensured that all of our enrichment camp scholarships will be enjoyed. This year we are giving 14 scholarships to camps as varied as the Audubon Zoo to the Girl Scouts and many in between. If you're a CASA parent or student and need additional information, the links to the paperwork can be found below.
Attention College Class of 2013-2015:
Have a JDFS college scholarship and want to renew it? All you need to do is send in your grades from the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters to the JDFS office along with the Scholarship renewal form here! We do not need an official transcript from your college- just something from the university that shows your grades. Normally recipients make a copy of their report cards or their grades from online. We will be emailing all recipients a copy of the Scholarship renewal form so please tell your friends and family who are also JDFS recipients to be on the lookout for it. If you or they do not receive it, it means we have the wrong email for you!
Congratulations to the JDFS College Scholarship recipients for Class of 2012. On Mon., May 7th, JDFS gave away over 162 scholarships to students in Jefferson Parish. The scholarship value this year was over $1.5 million with our "To the Tops" classes generating almost 1/2 million alone! We join many of our corporate and university partners in congratulating them and wishing them the very best in the future. Pick-up dates for our refurbished laptops will be June 4-8, 11-13 from 1-5 p.m. PLEASE call before you come to ensure that someone will be at the office during that time.
The Enrichment Awards Program is almost upon us! It'll be on Fri., May 18th at 9 AM at the Crowne Plaza in Kenner. For those parents that are still unsure where to send your kid this summer, JDFS has the solution! We have updated our very hefty camp list again! New ones are highlighted in yellow. A reminder to parents to register your child asap for the camps. They are rapidly filling up! For more information about about enrichment ceremony, check out our press release here!
If you have any further questions, please check out our Scholarships page!
The 2012 Summer Enrichment Camp List is officially here! You can check it out at this link! Please note that the list is not a comprehensive list.If you're interested in attending a camp this isnot listed here, please call our office (504-831-1565) and provide us with a description of the camp and a breakdown of the camp fees for approval. Happy selecting!!
Congratulations to our new board members! Recently featured in CityBusiness's March 23rd edition, we are thrilled that they are finally recognized for their commitment to our organization.
3/15/12 2012 Scholarship Applicants
If you are chosen to receive a scholarship, you will be notified by mid-April. Thank you for your patience.
3/1/12 Amazing Culinary Scholarship Opportunity!
If you aspire to study culinary arts, this is the opportunity of a lifetime! The 2012 John Besh and Bride Mayor Scholarship Program is accepting applications now. The recipient will receive full tuition to the International Culinary Center's French Culinary Institute in New York City. The scholarship also covers all supplies, housing in Brooklyn for the nine month duration of the program, round trip airfare PLUS round trip airfare for one trip home to New Orleans during the program, laptop, digital camera, an 8 week paid internship upon completion of the program, a year-long mentorship from a chef from Besh Restaurant Group, and more! Per the scholarship's requirements the successful applicant must be in a minority group, be 18 or older and have at least one year of experience working in a restaurant. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2012. Go to www.chefsmove.org for further details and application information. Good Luck!
1/26/12 Our Corks N Canvas Benefit night was a HUGE sucess!!
This past Monday was our first fundraising event of 2012 and it was a hit! 21 people gathered at Corks N Canvas in Metairie for a little art therapy, which also happened to benefit JDFS as well. Our fabulous instructor, Kelly, led us through the creation of our 'Starry Night In NOLA' paintings while we enjoyed our wine and munchies. The atomosphere was merry, the tables were messy, and everyone was smiling through the paint splatters by the time the evening drew to a close. We want to extend our most sincere thanks to each and every artist who attended, and also to the wonderful people at Corks N Canvas, Metairie. Keep your eyes peeled for the date of our next CNC benefit night...this was too much fun to only do once! In the meantime, check out our gallery for pics of this awesome event!
01/04/2012 Our Corks N Canvas 2012 Fundraiser is fast approaching!
Register for our first fundraiser of 2012 and help us start the year with a bang! Resolve to have fun, be creative and support a great cause! Below you'll find all the details and a photo of the masterpiece you (yes YOU!) will be painting. Register now, as space is limited!! Go to corksncanvas.com or call 504-832-5536 to reserve your spaces today! Families are welcome. Complimentary snacks, wine and soft drinks available.
Monday January 23, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
119 Focis St. Metairie
$40 per person
Our 2012 College Scholarship Applications are now online! Click for either the word doc or a pdf file.Of course, you can always contact the JDFS office for any additional information or questions. Remember: the application isn't complete until we get the counselor's page and your transcript. Counselor's page is only available at your counselor's office.
Jefferson Dollars for Scholars would like to extend its most sincere congratulations to Chef Tenney Flynn, who has been named Chef of the Year by New Orleans Magazine! Chef Flynn is not only the founder and executive chef of restaurant GW Fins, but also a friend and supporter of JDFS. In September 2011, he appeared as a guest on WWL’s morning show and gave JDFS a moment in the spotlight. Check out that video on our website under the 'Events' tab (and get some great tips on how to cook lobster!) Congratulations, Chef Flynn!
New Orleans Magazine’s Restaurateur of the Year, Ralph Brennan, is a Friend of JDFS. Ralph Brennan is part of a cuisine legacy in New Orleans, and JDFS is happy to congratulate him and proud to call him AND his family friends and supporters of our organization. Last November, Heritage Grill (a member of the Brennan family of restaurants) generously hosted JDFS’s board meeting for which they provided an array of amazing dishes. They also accepted their award for winning the table decorating contest at our 2011 Golden Tassel Gala. Check out photos of this event (and the food!) on our website or in our Facebook photos!
Read all about Chef Flynn and Ralph at this link: http://www.myneworleans.com/New-Orleans-Magazine/December-2011/Best-of-Dining/
A BIG congratulations to Heritage Grill, the winner of the 12th Annual Table Decorating Contest at our Golden Tassel Gala. As part of their prize package, Heritage Grill was awarded a trophy, a certificate AND a named scholarship in their honor. We celebrated at Heritage Grill on Thurs, Nov. 17th at noon at 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005. Pictures are posted on our website and on Facebook. Check them out today!
A BIG congratulations to Kiana Alexander for becoming a Phi Eta Sigma, a national scholastic honor society. Inductions of new members will be on Thurs, 11/10 at 6 PM at Loyola's Danna Center. Great Job!!!
Special thanks to Pie Pizza Pasta in Metairie for hosting our October board meeting. Food was fantastic and service was wonderful. Thanks again for supporting Jefferson Parish Public School students.
Jefferson Dollars for Scholars has teamed up with Louisiana Community Marketplace to ensure that more local dollars stay in the community. The next time you buy online from amazon, buy.com, Office Max and many more, be sure to use this link or click on the Louisiana Community Marketplace logo below so that a portion of your purchase will go to support your favorite organization, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars. And the best part is you're not paying more; you're just doing more with your money.
Jefferson Dollars for Scholars has thought of another innovative way to raise money while saving you money! But we need your help! Fetchpuppy is a brand new local website that's showcasing local businesses and non-profits. For more information, click here to read their inforgraphs on how it all works! Then don't forget to vote for Jefferson Dollars for Scholars as your favorite charity!10% of all sales for the week will go toward scholarships and ACT prep classes- and we can't have enough of either!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Corks N Canvas JDFS Night: Don't get tricked into doing anything else on Halloween night! Treat yourself to a good time on Mon, Oct. 31st. $45 a person. 6-9 PM. Costumes welcome. Treats provided. Create your own masterpiece. Bring your own wine. Pre-registration required. 119 Focis St. Metairie. (504) 832-5536. Limited seats so register today by clicking here! For additional information, take a look at the flyerfor the event.
A million thanks to all our restaurant and auction sponsors for making our 18th Gala the biggest and best it's every been. We definitely could not do it all without all the hard work from our volunteers and our supporters. Attendance was phenomonal and the food and drinks were the best we ever had! And our auction items this year were all fabulous and wonderful. It was truly a community effort to create the best Gala we've ever had. So thank you thank you thank you!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
JDFS hosted a Garage Sale in the parking lot of the UNO JEFFERSON CAMPUS on SATURDAY, JULY 30TH. There was FOOD, REFRESHMENTS AND A "DJ". Thanks to the Times-Picayune and WWL-TV for showing the pictures of the event which are available on our shutterfly site.
This year, JDFS awarded laptop computers to 180 college scholarship recipients. Due to the growth of cyber-based curriculum, a laptop has become essential to a college student. The purchase of laptops has been made possible by generous businesses and scholarship sponsors, including the AT&T Foundation, Entergy, Cox Communications, Capital One Bank, Ochsner, Huntington-Ingalls, the Brown Foundation, Jefferson Financial and many more.
In honor of our national organization's 50th anniversary, Scholarship America and Dollars for Scholars have created the "A Dollar a Day" in support of student success. Please watch the video at www.scholarshipamerica.org/dollaraday. Click on the "Donate Now" button and donate to Jefferson Dollars for Scholars today and every day for the rest of the year.
2011 Awards Programs on Cox Channel 8
Programs will be aired throughout the year.
Jefferson Dollars for Scholars has been named 2010 National Dollars for Scholars Chapter of the Year. We work hard to be able to provide you--our future leaders--with scholarships to advance personal and professional growth and help you realize your dreams.
Jefferson Dollars for Scholars is a member of the national Dollars for Scholars movement that began with Eleanor Roosevelt’s $1 donation, so every dollar you contribute counts. Preparing our youth today is the best investment for the future economic development of our community. Please help us build and maintain a sturdy Jefferson Parish foundation by donating dollars for our scholars. Every community dollar creates $4 in scholarship funding.
To make a general donation to Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, please use the PayPal link to the left or download and submit this pledge form.
Thank you for your generosity and support!