This fund was established in 2019 by Jill and Sim Whatley, class of 1999 Baton Rouge Magnet High School alumni. The fund credits the integral role that the Baton Rouge public school system played in their lives, and honors the outstanding teachers who continue to inspire students toward academic, athletic, and artistic achievement. As the Whatleys learned at BRMHS, "today's preparation leads to tomorrow's success.”


  • Must be a graduating senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Minimum cumulative GPA requirement: 3.3

  • Minimum ACT Score: 26 (or minimum SAT score of 1240)

  • Must be enrolling full-time into an accredited university or college


  • Proven work ethic (via athletics, jobs, volunteer work, etc.)

  • Wants to do a National Student Exchange or international study abroad program

  • Will likely attend a college/university outside of Louisiana

  • Creative thinker

  • Risk taker

  • Demonstrated financial need


The scholarship is a four-year scholarship, which pays $1,000 per semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters. An additional $2,000 may be awarded if the recipient chooses to participate in a national or international study abroad program for a semester. The maximum award is $10,000.


  • Application

  • Up-to-date academic transcript

  • ACT or SAT score report

  • Academic resume

  • FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) showing Expected Family Contribution (EFC) [https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa]

  • Letter of recommendation from any adult non-parent

  • Essay response to all of the following questions (max. 8 sentences per question):

    • Let's say your favorite artist is coming to Baton Rouge. To see them, you need a $100 ticket but you don't have $100. What do you do?

    • Describe your favorite artist’s ideal event or exhibition.

    • You now have been given a special pass to talk to the artist after the show, but all doors to get there seem to be locked. What do you do?

    • You meet the artist. What one or two questions do you ask?

    • The artist asks you to go on tour for 6 months, but it means you'll lose your job. What do you do?

    • Now the artist wants you to collaborate on their next project, which has a large budget and will be in Baton Rouge. What is the project?

    • On tour with the artist, you can bring one book with you and bring back two objects. What are they and why did you choose them?

    • What job would you least like to do? Most like to have?

    • If you are awarded this scholarship, where do you hope to attend college? Where would you like to use the study-abroad/travel-exchange award?