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University Partnership: LSU

LSU is a proud partner with City Year—having made history in 2011 as the first public university in the country to formalize a University Partnership. Civic engagement and community service are central to LSU’s mission and remain highest priorities that guide our strategic plan.

Enriched by Louisiana's natural and cultural distinctiveness, the community of learning at Louisiana's national Flagship University readies students to meet the environmental, social, economic, scientific, creative, and educational challenges that confront us locally and globally in the twenty-first century. Learning together, the students who begin their intellectual journey with us and the faculty whose research translates discovery into purpose make LSU a beacon of excellence. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy Land, Sea, and Space Grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solve endemic problems.

Benefits offered by LSU

 Application Fee Award - Undergrad programs  Yes
 Application Fee Award - Graduate programs  Yes
 Enrollment Deferral (graduate programs only)  Possibly. See below.
 Scholarship & Graduate Internships* (graduate programs only)  2
 Scholarship Amount (graduate programs only)  100% tuition scholarship

Additional fees not covered, including Academic Excellence Fee, Building Use Fee, Operational Fee, Required Activity Fee, Registration Fee, Student Excellence Fee, Tech Fee, etc. 

*Graduate Internship with the Community-University Partnerships Office, up to 10 hours per week with opportunities to serve some hours at City Year Baton Rouge. 

Instructions for Applying


  1. How to Apply to an Undergraduate Program (Application Fee Award only)
    • Begin an online application at Save the application prior to submission.
    • Contact to request a verification letter. This letter will be emailed (you will be cc:ed) by City Year directly to Once City Year affiliation has been confirmed, the application fees will be paid from the Academic Support Fund.
    • Submit official high school transcript and official ACT/SAT test scores to complete application process.
  2.  How to Apply to a Graduate Program (Application Fee Award and Scholarship consideration):
  • Before submitting the application (when you reach the point that payment is necessary), to request a service verification letter. This letter will be emailed back to you.
  • Complete this City Year-LSU scholarship application formYou will need to upload the following: 
    • service verification letter,
    • resume, to not exceed three (3) pages. Resumes should include a comprehensive education background and cumulative grade point averages of any previously granted undergraduate or graduate degree. Resumes should also include applicant’s contact information (phone number, e-mail address)
    • personal a statement, no longer than 500 words, regarding your service through City Year and its impact on your educational goals
    • 2 letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to your time with City Year (i.e. a program manager, program director, school administrator, teacher).
  • Once you complete the City Year-LSU scholarship application and your City Year affiliation is confirmed, the application fees will be paid from the Academic Support Fund and you will be contacted by the Admissions Office to access your application in order to complete the online submission process.
  • Submit one official transcript from each college or university attended; and submit official GRE or GMAT test scores (as applicable) to complete the application process.
  • TO NOTE:
    • The scholarship application will be open from Feb 11 - April 30 and applicants will hear back no later than May 30.
    • A minimum of two (2) full scholarships will be awarded per academic calendar year.
    • Applicants must be affiliated with City Year (AmeriCorps member, alum, or current employee with minimum of 2 years employment) and admitted to an LSU graduate program with regular admission status (GPA 3.0 or higher).
    • Must be enrolled full time in a degree-granting graduate level program at LSU’s flagship Baton Rouge campus. (Awards do not extend to Law Center, Health Sciences Center or LSU Online).
    • Must be in academic and disciplinary good standing with the University.
    • Selected scholars will intern with the LSU Office of Community University Partnerships for at least two (2) semesters of his/her graduate program. The scholar will likely work on programming related to K-12 education. The office’s Volunteer Coordinator will identify 7-10 hours of service per semester. The internship will not preclude scholars from employment external to campus.
    • Applicants will also be considered by the Graduate School and by the academic departments for additional merit-based aid. Applicants cannot hold a Graduate Assistantship position and a tuition waiver award simultaneously. If an applicant accepts a GA position, the tuition waiver award is cancelled.

Admission Deferments for City Year


LSU Graduate School will receive requests for deferments from scholarship recipients, but cannot guarantee that they will be granted.  For graduate degree programs: Once a student has been admitted to a Graduate Program and wishes to defer their admission status to a future term, the student must:

  1. Request a deferment in writing to the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management. The request should indicate the reason for the deferment (City Year service) and the future semester to which he or she wishes to defer.
  2. Once the request is received and reviewed, a decision will be mailed to the student.

Deferments are not offered for undergraduate degree programs. City Year corps members, alumni, and staff are encouraged to reapply to the University. At that time, these persons will be eligible to receive the application fee award. 



Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.