Arete Scholars is helping to break the barriers to academic and personal achievement by expanding access to high-quality educational opportunities.

Arete Scholars seeks to make the scholarship application as simple as possible for parents. To prepare for the online application, you will be required to have the following documents and information:

PROOF OF RESIDENCY (one of the following dated January 2024 or later)

  • Rental lease agreement or mortgage statement
  • Electricity / gas bill
  • Telephone bill (must be landline -- cellular phone bills will not suffice)
  • Cable / internet service bill
  • Sewage / water bill
  • Current official letter from government agency (DSS,DHH)
  • Homestead exemption notice
  • Property tax notice
  • If a family does not own or rent the home they live in (for example, they are temporarily staying with relatives during a housing search), the owner/renter of the house they are living in must submit a notarized letter confirming the family lives with them. They will also be required to submit proof of residence in that person's name.


Tax filers (must submit one of the following, with dependents listed)

  • 2022 Federal Tax Return AND W-2s from all employers (period ending 12/31/23)
  • 2023 Federal Tax Return
  • DCFS placement form, in the case of foster children

Non-filers (must submit one of the following for period ending 12/31/23, with dependents listed)

  • SNAP Benefits / Louisiana Purchase Card Benefits Statement
  • Unemployment Compensation Statement 
  • Social Security Benefits Statement 
  • Pension Statements
  • DCFS placement form, in the case of foster children