From creating the Taylor Plan to helping expand merit-based tuition programs to over 20 states, making college attainable is one of the Foundation’s core tenets.

The Foundation embraces its namesake’s conviction that citizens are duty bound to honor the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting America’s freedom.

To help fulfill America’s promise, the Foundation works to create more resilient, vibrant, and strong communities.

The Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor founded the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation as the charitable extension of Taylor Energy Company in 1985, as a gesture of thanks to the nation that had given them so much. Patrick F. Taylor, through his own journey from poverty to plenty, understood that bright futures stand on the sturdy legs of education. He worked to ensure that the opportunity to go to college be based on a child’s desire to learn, not on his or her ability to pay. Mr. Taylor’s vision, known as the Taylor Plan, became law in Louisiana in 1989.

The Foundation continues Mr. Taylor’s educational crusade by advocating for Taylor Plan programs in states across the country. Through these efforts, as well as targeted individual scholarship programs, the Taylor Foundation has helped make higher education affordable for countless students nationwide. While best known for its work in education, the Foundation’s mission also expands beyond the classroom to support centers of art and history, law enforcement, and the armed forces.

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Taylor Scholars Teen Day at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Saturday, July 20, 2019

Jul 17, 2019

Taylor Scholars Teen Day on Saturday, July 20, 2019, honors Louisiana educators and students who qualify as Taylor Scholars with free admission and a daylong schedule of teen and family-oriented events, including tours of the museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden by NOMA’s Teen Squad, food trucks, art-making stations, and a DJ in the Great Hall.

Taylor Scholars Family Day is Nov. 28

Oct 27, 2015

On Taylor Family Day at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Taylor students and scholars may bring their parents or guardians plus two family members or friends for free to enjoy a a fun-filled day at the museum. Schedule of Events: 11 am – 5 pm: Educator Appreciation Day. All day, educators are welcomed to […]

Taylor Scholars Awards Program Rewards Record – Setting Number of Students

Aug 03, 2017

Taylor Scholars Awards Program Rewards Record-Setting Number of Students The longstanding partnership that Audubon Nature Institute and New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) have with the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation continued to blossom during the 2016/2017 academic year with a record-setting 211,582 students taking part in a program that rewards excellence in the classroom. Phyllis […]

Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project Opens at Smithsonian

Oct 12, 2015

By: Smithsonian National Museum of American History The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened a unique hands-on learning space, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, on July 1. Made possible by philanthropist Phyllis Taylor, the 4,000-square-foot space in the museum’s new Innovation Wing focuses on “everyday things that changed everything.” Anchored by an […]

Taylor Family Free Day on August 7, 2016

Aug 02, 2016

Hard work equals great rewards for Louisiana’s best high school students who can enjoy free admission along with their families to Audubon Nature Institute attractions and the New Orleans Museum of Art on Taylor Family Free Day, Sunday, August 7. For two decades, Audubon Nature Institute has partnered with the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and the […]

Phyllis Taylor Announces $1,000,000 Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Gift to Support the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Early Learning Village Campaign

Jun 08, 2015

Phyllis Taylor has announced a $1,000,000 gift from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation to support the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Early Learning Village Campaign.  The announcement was made at a rare gathering of the Museum’s founding board members and current leadership, and on the heels of the Louisiana Children’s Museum receiving the 2015 National Medal for […]