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Applications being accepted for scholarship program

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Scholarship program is now accepting applications. The program which is also known as the voucher program provides low-income families with the financial resources to choose a school that will prepare their child for a lifetime of success.

Students from across the state are able to apply to participate in the program, which allows low-income families with students enrolled in C, D or F-rated schools to transfer to the participating private school of their choice. Students entering kindergarten for the first time may also apply.

"The Louisiana Scholarship Program is transforming the lives of thousands of students across the state – allowing them to leave failing and underperforming schools and attend a school of their parents' choice," said Ann Duplessis, president of the Louisiana Federation for Children. "The program provides an option that a parent might not otherwise have, the opportunity to provide a brighter future for their children."

Families may apply online or in person at the participating school of their choice now through Feb. 27. The Louisiana Department of Education will notify all applicants of the status of their application the week of April 6.

There are 129 schools that are eligible to participate in the program for the 2015-2016 school year. Of the 129 eligible schools, 91 will accept new student applications. The list of participating schools will not be final until after all student applications are received and scholarships are awarded.

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