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