Carrying the name of a League trailblazer, the Urban League’s Clarence L. Barney Student of the Week (ULSOW) program recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding high school seniors and advanced juniors in New Orleans public high schools. Each month, as many as four students are showcased in The Louisiana Weekly and on WDSU-TV in a brief filmed interview. Annually one student is acknowledged as the Student of the Year and is awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.
Become Student of the Week
ULSOW program is ongoing. To be considered for recognition and scholarship, perspective students should gather nominations. Accepted nominations are letters (on official letterhead) or completed ULSOW application from a high school principal, teacher, counselor, clergyman, employer or elected official. Be advised that nominations from parents, other relatives and guardians will not be accepted.
Nominations should include the student’s name, home address, phone contact for parent/parents or guardian, age, school, grades (an official transcript* showing cumulative GPA) and any other indicators of academic achievement. If ACT, PSAT and or SAT scores are available, please include in nomination. Additionally, feel free to discuss student’s extracurricular achievements.
*Note: Schools may fax or mail transcript separately.
Nominations are judged on five core areas
- Academic Achievement (official transcripts and other supporting documents)
- Community Service
- Peer Leadership
- Perseverance in the face of adversity
- Positive Attitude
Completed nominations may be emailed ULSOW@urbanleagueneworleans.org or faxed to the attention of Student of the Week/Clarence L. Barney scholarship program coordinator at 504-620-9654. They may be mailed to:
Student of the Week/Clarence L. Barney Scholarship Program Coordinator
University of New Orleans
Bicentennial Education Bldg. Room 348
New Orleans, LA 70148
Why should you apply to become a ULSOW?
- In most scholarship programs, you compete with thousands of students nationwide. As a ULSOW you only compete with New Orleans public high school juniors, and seniors. Your chance of getting a scholarship is significantly greater.
- It’s a resume builder! You get recognition in a local paper, a television interview, a certificate and banquet celebrating your achievements. Being a ULSOW is an accomplishment you should list on your first resume.
- Opportunity to showcase your accomplishments & your school.
Who is Clarence Lyle Barney?
People often ask who is Clarence L. Barney. Besides being the longest serving president at ULGNO, Mr. Barney exemplifies the characteristics of success. Mr. Barney used his position as President/CEO of the Urban League to empower African Americans and other minorities in the areas of politics, community development, economic development, education, housing, health, and more.