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Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund Awards Scholarship - 7/14/2015 -

Lafayette, LA – The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund, a scholarship fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), has named Shavondria Jackson as the 2015 recipient. Jackson, a senior pursuing a double major in Fine Art and Spanish at Xavier University of Louisiana, received $500 to help pay for tuition and educational expenses.

Jackson moved to Mandeville at the age of eight. Her love of art and culture began at an early age when her elementary school teacher suggested to her mother that she be tested for the school’s talented art program. Jackson said, "I want to pursue a career in art education so I can use my love for culture and art to help shape the minds of future generations through art education.”

The scholarship was open to any junior or senior pursuing an art education degree at a south Louisiana college or university. Jackson is the third recipient to receive a scholarship award from the fund.

EVG selection committee chair, Brian Kelly, said, "Shavondria Jackson represents the model art education student. Her academic and research activities embrace the importance and belief in the relationship that art education provides students and community the opportunity to learn, create and appreciate visual aesthetics leading to the development and growth of the child. She is a fine example of Eloise Voorhies Gary’s legacy in the nurturing of ones creativity and the artist’s eye in all of us."

The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund, created by Lynn Gary in memory of her mother, Eloise, honors her legacy as an artist and educator who believed in art as an important part of a child’s education. The scholarship cycle will open again this fall.

Lynn Gary said, "It pleases me so much to see the ongoing awards from this fund that was created in my mother’s memory. The student recipients are a bright beacon of hope for the continuation of art education for children.”

Eloise Voorhies Gary (January 18, 1912 – February 27, 2003) was a well-known artist and inspiring educator whose career concluded in her service as Supervisor for Art in the St. Martin Parish School System where she produced a handbook for classroom teachers titled "Art: Involvement”. Two of Gary’s etchings may be purchased through CFA at The etchings are $120 each and all proceeds benefit the Fund.


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