Applications are being accepted for the annual Jefferson Dollars for Scholars 2018 College Scholarships Fund.

Over 100 corporate and privately funded scholarships as well as college and university awards are available to students who attend Jefferson Parish public high school or who are residents of Jefferson Parish and attend one of the two regional public high schools — New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and a minimum ACT composite score of 20. All scholarships are based on both need and merit.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 20.

“Each year, hundreds of students apply to receive four-year renewable scholarship awards,” said Lisa Conescu, chief executive officer.

“Since 1993, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars has provided more than $21 million in enrichment camp and college scholarships to more than 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students. Jefferson Dollars for Scholars also offers ACT prep courses, National Merit prep courses and support services to students during their college years.”

Additionally, the group will select the Tulane Legislative Scholarship recipients for 2018, sponsored by Sen. Conrad Appel and Rep. Kirk Talbot. These two, one-year awards are open to Tulane students and applicants who reside in the above legislative districts.

For more information, go to the Jefferson Dollars for Scholars website, www.Jefferson.DollarsforScholars.org, for the online application and instructions.

For more information, email mail@JeffersonDollarsforScholars.org.

Also, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars relies on community support to help provide scholarships to students with financial need. To make a donation, call (504) 831-1565.

Senior games to begin

Competition begins Feb. 16 for the annual Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics, and games will be held throughout the metro area through April 19.

The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 9. The $25 fee provides entry into three sports competitions, a T-shirt and a ticket to the athletic banquet at 6 p.m. April 19 at the Four Columns, 3711 West Bank Expressway, Harvey.

Anyone 49 and older can register for the games, which include 28 sports such as table tennis, shuffleboards, bowling, bocce, cabbageball, bridge, billiards, volleyball, pickleball, track and field, cycling, swimming, miniature golf, horseshoes and archery.

“You don’t have to be an athlete — just be willing to try and have fun,” said Metairie resident Bernice Bordelon, who handles publicity and registration for the games. “You will be surprised what you can accomplish.”

To register and for more information, go online to www.gnoso.net; call or email Janey Perez, program director, at (504) 296-8200 or jperez.gnoso@gmail.com; or call or email Bordelon at (504) 834- 5279 or bernicebordelon1@aol.com.

Carnival countdown

The 2018 Carnival season continues with parades this weekend, leading up to Rivertown’s Lundi Gras celebration and culminating with Fat Tuesday. (See a full calendar of area parades on Page XX)

The Lundi Gras celebration in Rivertown, 400 Williams Blvd., Kenner, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The king and queen of Zulu, Brent Washington Sr. and Troye Washington, will meet the king and queen of Argus, Michael Maenza and Alexis Hartline, and toast to a safe Mardi Gras. There also will be a second line, food, arts and crafts, and live music by Groovy 7.

Business women to meet

The Louisiana Federation of Business and Professional Women, Metairie/Kenner chapter, will hold its luncheon meeting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Porter and Luke’s Restaurant, 1517 Metairie Road.

Kathy Watts, financial adviser with Benjamin Edwards Financial, will discuss the new federal tax laws.

The cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

The Louisiana Business and Professional Women is a state organization with local chapters promoting education and an emphasis on women’s issues at work and home.

For more information, call Harriet Haworth (504) 456-1616.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.com