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Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund Awards Scholarship - 12/3/2015 -

For Immediate Release:December 3, 2015 
Contact:Erin Winder 

Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund Awards Scholarship


Lafayette, LA – 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.


Pardo is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a concentration in Printmaking. Her love of art began at an early age and continues to flourish. Pardo said, "I have been drawing since I was one year old. I think I became interested in fine art gradually over a long period of time, but drawing is fundamental to all visual art.”


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

EVG Selection Committee Chair Brian Kelly said, "Melanie Pardo exemplifies the qualities of an art education student. She understands the important role art education plays in allowing students the opportunity to learn, create and appreciate visual aesthetics. She is a fine example of Eloise Voorhies Gary’s legacy in the fostering 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.

Lynn Gary said, "Melanie Pardo mirrors so much of my mother Eloise’s belief about the value of art education. It is uplifting to see that she wants to be an art teacher.”


Eloise Voorhies Gary (January 18, 1912 – February 27, 2003) was a well-known artist and inspiring educator. Her 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.


Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion.CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $160 million and has made cumulative grants of over $80 million. Learn more at



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