The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund, is a scholarship
fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). One award of $500 will be presented to an outstanding student in art education
to help pay tuition and/or educational expenses.
The award is open to any junior or senior pursuing an art
education degree at any Louisiana college or university who meets criteria as
specified in the application. The fund is accepting applications for its annual cycle. You may download the application by clicking here.
This award was established by Lynn Gary, daughter of Eloise
Voorhies Gary, to honor the memory and the accomplishments of this influential
south Louisiana artist and educator.
Eloise Voorhies Gary
Eloise Voorhies Gary was well known as an accomplished artist and inspiring educator (Click here
to read her bio). As Supervisor for Art in the St. Martin Parish School system, Mrs. Gary produced a handbook instructing teachers of Acadiana on how to incorporate art into the classroom. Click here
to view the Introduction to the handbook, entitled Art: Involvement. The entire publication
can be viewed at the Education Resources Information Center website.
In 2012, one of Mrs. Gary's former students, Ronald Starr Burdick, art teacher at Breaux Bridge High School wrote a tribute to the woman who was so influential in his life and career. Click here
to read Mr. Burdick's tribute to Eloise Voorhies Gary.
Eloise Voorhies Gary's legacy is one of nurturing creativity and the artist's eye in all of us. In an effort to continue her mother's commitment to the value of art in the classroom, Gary's daughter, Lynn Gary, established the memorial scholarship fund in her honor.
2015 Fall Recipient of the Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award
The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund, a
scholarship fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), has named Melanie
Pardo as the 2015 recipient. Pardo is enrolled in McNeese State University’s
certification-only art education K-12 program. She received $500 to help pay
for tuition and educational expenses.
to read the full release.
2015 Spring recipient of the Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award
2014 Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award
Olivia LeblancPictured Left to Right:
Erin Winder, CFA communications and development director; Olivia LeBlanc, 2014 award recipient; Lynn Gary, Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award scholarship fund founder (not pictured).