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This is more than the story of America’s educational crisis. It’s the story of how we can solve it.

There’s a crisis in American education. Too many kids from low-income families are falling between the cracks simply because they’re stuck in failing schools and can’t afford any other options. It’s happening right here in Louisiana where only 74.4% of students from low-income families graduate from high school.

ACE Scholarships was founded in 2000 to provide these low-income parents with school choice for their families through partial scholarships to K-12 private schools. In 2012, ACE Scholarships expanded its efforts nationally, to help more students receive the opportunity to have a choice in their K-12 education career. Louisiana was the third state of ACE’s national efforts, now serving 2,010 students across the state in 200 partner private schools.

ACE serves children whose families qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, and the average income for our ACE families is $34,107 a year. So far in Louisiana, we’ve awarded 9,473 scholarships with a cumulative worth of more than $39M, helping to send kids from low-income families to the schools of their choice. And the results are amazing with 90+% of ACE scholars consistently graduating high school. Moreover, they’re graduating from college at a rate nearly double that of their peers from predominantly low-income high schools.*

Additional Information for ACE Louisiana:

  • ACE qualifies for the Louisiana Tuition Donation Credit (TDC) Program.
  • ACE Scholarships Louisiana is an approved School Tuition Organization (STO) participating in the TDC Program.
  • Receive a 95% state income tax credit as well as a federal tax deduction on the non-credit portion of your gift—enabling taxpayers to earn a tax benefit of up to 97%.

*All ACE graduation stats based on national numbers.

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93% OF STUDENTS
from low-income families with ACE scholarships graduate high school
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ONLY 74.4%
of students from Louisiana’s low-income families graduate
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WE’RE HELPING 2,010 KIDS
But with your support, we can help 11,000 more

Give a child the promise of a better tomorrow by becoming a donor today.

Please help us fill the open desks all over Louisiana and let’s give children from low-income families the opportunity for a great education and a lifetime of success.

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Board of Advisors

DONALD BOLLINGER Chairman, Bollinger Enterprises LLC

MANUEL PEREZ DE LA MESA Independent Director, POOL Corporation

MIKE DEHART Chief Investment Officer, Stuller Management Services

MILTON GRAUGNARD Executive Vice President, Cajun Industries

LANE GRIGSBY  Chairman, Cajun Constructors, Inc.

EDDIE RISPONE Co-Founder, Owner & Chairman, ISC Constructors, LLC

RALPH STEPHENS Director, Postlethwait & Netterville

MATT STULLER Founder, CEO & Chairman, Stuller Inc. 

PAT TRAHAN Vice Chairman, IberiaBank

Board of Managers

BOYSIE BOLLINGER Chairman and CEO of Bollinger Enterprises, LLC

MIKE DEHART President of Federated Management Services, Inc

MILTON GRAUGNARD Executive Vice President with Cajun Industries, LLC

LANE GRIGSBY Chairman at Cajun Constructors, Inc.

MANNY PEREZ DE LA MESA Former President/CEO at Pool Corp.

EDDIE RISPONE Chairman at ISC Constructors, LLC

RALPH STEPHENS Director at Postlethwaite & Netterville

MATT STULLER Founder and Chairman of Stuller Inc.

PAT TRAHAN Vice Chairman at First Horizon National Bank

RICHARD ZUSCHLAG Chairman and CEO of Acadian Ambulance

Louisiana Staff

MELISSA LANDRY
President, ACE Scholarships Louisiana
p: 504.458.5180
e: mlandry@acescholarships.org 

TYEJEREE MCMANUS 
ACE Louisiana Alumni Director
p: 504.491.1813 
e: tmcmanus@acescholarships.org

LINDSAY RHODES
Director of Public Programs 
p: 504.452.4810
e: lrhodes@acescholarships.org

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