Grants and Scholarships

Branch Out and Grow Grants

The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.'s Branch Out and Grow educational grant program supports excellence in teaching by awarding grants for innovative projects that otherwise would not be provided for in school budgets and which fit within the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.’s vision of supporting a more confident, healthy and educated community. This program consists of grant awards in amounts ranging from $500 - $2,500; grant requests may also include a request for volunteer hours from the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. The deadline for application is Friday, November 11, 2016. Click here to access the grant application. For more information, contact

In 2015, the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., awarded over $16,000 in grant funds to teachers in the five-parish area. The 2015 Branch Out and Grow grant recipients were:

Capturing Solar Energy and Conserving Our Resources, Fairview High School, Christin Duplichan and Sherry Maddox:  Pre-K, Science and Physical Education

The Stock Market Game, Washington-Marion High School, Ron Roseman, 12th, Financial Math

E-TV: Video Production Launch, Elizabeth High School, Mary Helen Downey, 11th-12th, Publications

Task Boxes, East Beauregard Elementary School, Betty Sykes:  Pre-K through 10th, Significant Disabilities Special Education

Growing, One STEM at a Time: Integrated STEM Education through Project-Based Learning, Dolby Elementary School, Melissa Oliver, Becky Faul, Mikie Ferguson, Laura Guillory, Della Pearce,  Crystal Pappion, Bonnie Ramsey, Kate Valentine,  1st-5th, SPARK

Charter’s Chargers: Quest for Knowledge, Lake Charles Charter Academy, Tammy Thierry, Shellie Ward, Wendy Magness, 5th-8th, English Language Arts, Math Science, Social Studies

STEMulating Science!, S. P. Arnett Middle School,

All the World’s a Stage with Video, Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, Candace Marque, Pre-K-8th, Cross-Curricular

Blazing a Trail to Success in Speaking, Lake Charles College Prep, Tynia Coleman, 9th–10th, Journey to Careers, English Language Arts

Morning Math, East Beauregard Elementary School, Sheila Simmons, Dorothy Brown, 1st, Math

Joyful Latin Learning with Tres Columnae, St. Louis Catholic High School, Mary Villaume, 9th-12th, Latin

ABLE: Applied Behavioral Analysis for Learning Enhancement, James Ward Elementary School, Vanessa Lopez, Pre-K-2nd

Who Did You Eat?, E.K. Key Elementary School, Katherine Gertz, 4th, Science

Vamos a Leer!, Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, Carin Tenorio, K-8th, Spanish

Hearts for Hope, East Beauregard Elementary, Penny Sweat, Pre-K-5th

Outdoor Education: Data Collection – Birds and Weather, Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, Courtney Fusilier, Heidi Fisher, 2nd, Science and Language Arts

Branch Out and Grow Scholarships

The Branch Out and Grow scholarship program offers scholarships to young women graduating from high school in the five-parish area who exhibit an outstanding commitment to voluntarism. The application process includes submission of a personal essay describing her commitment to volunteering, a listing of volunteer activities, recommendations from one academic reference and one volunteer supervisor, and a transcript. The scholarship application will be available in January 2017.

In May 2016, the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., awarded $500 scholarships to the following graduating high school seniors:

Brooklyn Frerks, South Cameron High School

Hannah Hebert, Bell City High School

Marissa Jenkins, Barbe High School

Milan Lognion, East Beauregard High School

Lindsey Thompson, Sam Houston High School

Shay Walker, Lacassine High School