For Immediate Release:
Monday, April 7, 2014
Scholarship Recipient Named for the Eloise Voorhies Gary
Memorial Award Fund
Lafayette, LA –
The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund, a scholarship fund at Community
Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), has named Olivia LeBlanc as the 2014 recipient.
LeBlanc, a junior majoring in art education at the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette received $500 to help pay for tuition and educational expenses on
Friday, April 4.
A graduate of
St. Thomas More Catholic High School, LeBlanc was able to begin her studies in
art by taking elective art courses and participating in the Art Club. The award
was open to any junior or senior pursuing an art education degree at a south
Louisiana college or university.
of art as a means of expression began at an early age and she hopes to share
that love with others as she pursues a career as an art educator. LeBlanc said,
"Receiving this award recognizes how important art education is and my love and
passion for it.”
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,
"It is so meaningful to be able, with the EVG Memorial, to recognize and
support a college student studying to be an art teacher for children K-12. I
hope that Olivia LeBlanc, our 2014 recipient, will have a career as effective
for her future art students and as enjoyable for herself as my mother had.”
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 www.cfacadiana.org/EVG. The etchings are $120 each and all
proceeds benefit the Fund.
The Eloise Voorhies Gary
Memorial Award Scholarship Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana,
awards Olivia LeBlanc as the 2014 award recipient with $500 to help pay for
tuition and educational expenses.
Pictured Left to Right: Erin Winder, CFA communications and development director; Olivia LeBlanc, 2014 Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award scholarship recipient; Lynn Gary, Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award fund founder (not pictured).
Foundation of Acadiana 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’s core purpose is to connect all generous people to the
causes they care about. In 2013, Community Foundation of Acadiana was
recognized for the second year among the Top 100 community foundations in the
country as #3 Most Active Grantmaker, #72 Most Gifts per Capita, and #74 Most
Activity. Additional milestones include over $115 million in cumulative gifts
and over $66 million in cumulative grants. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.