Scholarship Information

Louisiana Tech University has a mission and commitment to expand and enrich the diversity of the student body. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is aiding in this mission by aggressively recruiting and retaining students from first-generation, low-income and various cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with diverse interests, perspectives and life experiences.  Student academic success is the goal of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Recipients of scholarships will not only benefit from financial assistance but from workshops, study hall, mentoring and involvement in on-campus activities.

Application eligibility for incoming freshmen

  • Applicants must be admitted to Louisiana Tech
  • Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicants must have a high school unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Additional Considerations:
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities in community service, extracurricular and/or other activities
    • History of overcoming unique challenges
    • Member of an underrepresented minority or ethnic group
    • Member of a low-income family
    • Reside in a rural or inner-city location

Application eligibility for current Tech students

    • Applicants must be degree-seeking and full-time enrolled students
    • Applicants must be US citizen or permanent resident
    • Applicants must have a Tech cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Additional Considerations
      • Demonstrated leadership qualities in community service, extracurricular and/or other activities
      • History of overcoming unique challenges
      • Member of an underrepresented minority or ethnic group
      • Member of a low-income family
      • Reside in a rural or inner-city location

Unfortunately, a scholarship will not be offered to every excellent student who meets the requirements and applies. However, we assure that each application will receive consideration and fair treatment in what is a very competitive process.

Application requirements

Submit a completed application form (OMA SCHOLARSHIP FORM),  additionally please provide the following:

      • One letter of recommendation from your high school principal/counselor or teacher – letters from relatives will not be accepted (for incoming freshman only) – emailed directly from the referent on letterhead to 
      • Once letter of recommendation from a college professor, advisor or administrator – letters from relatives will not be accepted (for current Tech students only) – emailed directly from the referent on letterhead to
      • Resume including work, school and volunteer experience (current Tech students only) – emailed directly to in pdf format only

Application deadlines

Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are due by midnight April 5, 2019. 

Scholarship Requirements

All recipients of scholarship funds awarded through the Office of Multicultural Affairs are required and encouraged to attend workshops, study hall, mentoring opportunities and on-campus activities during the academic year that the award is granted.  Details of specific requirements will be outlined if awarded one of the scholarships.

Scholarship awards are renewable depending on student academic success and participation in workshops, mentoring and involvement in other on-campus activities.

For questions about scholarships please feel free to contact Devonia Love-Vaughn via email or stop by Keeny Hall 333 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Types of Scholarships
OMA Book Scholarships – $200 per quarter – Fall, Winter, Spring
Potts/Robinson Scholarship – named after the first African-American male and female student to attend Louisiana Tech University – amounts vary depending on available funds
Henderson Sisters Scholarship –  preference given to Bienville Parish – up to $1,000 per academic year
James Potts and Bertha Bradford-Robinson Scholarship Fund Donations

Louisiana Tech University and its Office of Multicultural Affairs have created a scholarship to honor the legacy of James Earl Potts and Bertha Bradford-Robinson, who were the first male and female African-American students to attend Louisiana Tech.

Transferring from Grambling College (now Grambling State University), Potts was admitted to Louisiana Tech in the spring of 1965, followed by Bradford-Robinson a few months later.  Potts, a native of Quitman, Louisiana, and Bradford-Robinson, a native of Jonesboro, Louisiana, helped blaze a path forward for 28 new African-American students who would enroll at Louisiana Tech in the fall of 1965.

Following Potts and Bradford-Robinson’s enrollment, the African-American student population would continue to grow each year at Louisiana Tech, and by 1968, African-American students were represented in every department on the campus.  Bradford-Robinson would eventually earn her degree in early childhood education from Louisiana Tech in 1976.

In their own words

“I am deeply honored and grateful to have a scholarship in my name at my undergraduate alma mater, Louisiana Tech University.  The struggle was real, but it was also necessary.  To know that my classmate and I affected change so that African-American students could matriculate at this esteemed university is confirmation that our efforts were not in vain.” –Bertha Bradford-Robinson

“I am truly grateful that a scholarship will be created in James Earl Potts and Bertha Lee Bradford Robinson Honor.  It was a long time coming, but I am glad it came in my life time.  This is another history making event.” –Shirley Potts Hicks, sister of James Earl Potts

“I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude for acknowledging my father’s work to help bring equality to Louisiana Tech.  I am in tears because my father and I shared precious time before his death in 2002 and this was something I know he would have been honored to be a part.  Once again thank you, thank you, thank you!” –Toimiken L. Potts, daughter of James Earl Potts

Honoring their legacy

Alumni and Friends of Tech are asked to make donations to the James Potts and Bertha Bradford-Robinson Scholarship Fund. Your contribution will further establish and ensure growth of the scholarship fund.  By committing $25 a month for three years you will directly impact the legacy of Ms. Robinson and Mr. Potts.

Why give to their legacy

The scholarship will support educational opportunities for minority students attending Louisiana Tech and will contribute to enriching the cultural and diversity experiences of the university’s campus community.  Through its TECH 2020 strategic plan, Louisiana Tech is committed to an unparalleled educational experience that is created through a diverse student community and multi-cultural learning programs and opportunities.

How to give

You may give to the scholarship fund clicking the Potts/Robinson Link.

If you have questions please contact Jimmy Washington via email at or by phone at 318.257.2067.