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a little something extra

Education Foundation

A little something extra for a better tomorrow

About Us

What's A "Lagniappe"?

Lagniappe (“lan-yap”) is an old Louisiana-French word that basically means “a little something extra.”

“Lagniappe derives from New World Spanish la ñapa, ‘the gift,’ and ultimately from Quechua yapay, ‘to give more.’ The word came into the rich Creole dialect mixture of New Orleans and acquired a French spelling. It is still used in the Gulf States, especially southern Louisiana, to denote a little bonus that a friendly shopkeeper might add to a purchase. By extension, it may mean ‘an extra or unexpected gift or benefit.’”

– American Heritage Dictionary

By providing scholarship awards, the Lagniappe Education Foundation (LEF) embodies the spirit of giving “a little something extra” to deserving students seeking higher education opportunities.

Lagniappe Education Foundation helped me give that little extra something back to my community

Jane Bloom


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The Lagniappe Education Foundation helps support students seeking higher education; one small gift can go a long way in their journey.

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Why Lagniappe?

A little something extra goes a long way.

Our scholarship fund provides vital financial assistance to students pursuing higher education, focusing on the little things that often go unnoticed but make student life challenging—like food, supplies, and everyday necessities. By easing these burdens, we aim to lift the weight off their shoulders, fostering a sense of security and well-being. This not only helps them thrive academically but also nurtures their overall mental health, allowing them to reach their full potential with confidence and peace of mind.

Independent Living

Household supplies, food, school supplies, transportation expenses

Emotional Needs

Financial security leads to better emotional well-being

Our Mission

Lagniappe Education Foundation (LEF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization that provides scholarship awards to high school seniors pursuing higher education at four-year colleges and universities. 

Currently, the scholarship program is limited to high school students graduating from Edna Karr High School, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although LEF will always allocate resources to the students at Edna Karr High School, the program will expand to other schools, other cities, and other states in the near future.

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
Maya Angelou

Ways to get involved

Apply for a Scholarship

The Lagniappe Education Foundation Scholarship program is currently only open to students attending Edna Karr Senior High School, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The program will soon be available in other schools, in other cities, in other states.

If you are a graduating senior attending Edna Karr Senior High School, please click on the link below to download the current scholarship application.  Please read all instructions carefully.  Good luck!


Giving to Langiappe Education Foundation helps give students a chance to make a big something extra of their lives by pursuing higher education. 

Your 100% tax deductible donation will help us to continue our mission of giving a little something extra to help deserving students go to college.  

If you would like to mail a contribution to us, please send it to:

Lagniappe Education Foundation
P.O. Box 18417
Washington, D.C. 20036-9998


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