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Deborah Paul

Deborah’s work as the scholarship director for an agency whose mission is to promote and provide college access, feels passionate about helping all students achieve their goal of pursuing higher education after high school.  She’s been assisting others with completing the federal financial aid application since her days at Ville Platte High School.

Deborah has more than 25 years of working with students at various grade levels.  After college, she started her career at the Governor’s Special Commission on Education Services (now LOSFA) as a communications specialist traveling across Louisiana promoting the state’s scholarship and grant programs.  That work led her to explore the world of financial aid as a student aid counselor at both Southern University and Louisiana State University.  Later, employment at Southern University as the compliance coordinator in the athletics department she worked with student-athletes in the areas of character, personal and career development, academic achievement and life skills.

In her present position as director of the scholarship grant division, Deborah works with middle and high school professional school counselors to educate them about postsecondary opportunities available to students.  Her staff is responsible for processing the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) and other state supported scholarships and grants available to Louisiana residents.  They also collaborate with the LA Department of Children and Family Services to administer additional programs.

Deborah received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern University and also studied at Ohio State University and Louisiana State University.  She also graduated from the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Females.