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Phyllis M. Taylor, Chairman and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, announced this week that the Taylor Scholars Awards program has achieved a growth of 10 percent in the 2014/2015 academic year, rewarding more than 195,000 students through April by providing them with free one-year memberships to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Mrs. Taylor joined representatives of Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Museum of Art in expressing pride that the Taylor Scholars Program continues to expand its reach after nearly two decades. Eligible students earn a one-year membership to NOMA and Audubon attractions for achieving a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

The Taylor/Audubon Students and Scholars program was created in 1996 through a generous gift from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation to establish in perpetuity, a reward to Louisiana’s students for their hard work in the classroom. This program was the first of its kind in the nation. In 1997, it was followed with the creation of the Taylor/NOMA Scholars program through an endowment from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

Saturday, May 16, 2015, is the official Taylor Family Fun Fest at Audubon Zoo, which will feature music from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., free entrance to the Dino Exhibit and discounts on Audubon concessions and gift shop items for qualifying student and their guests.

Taylor scholars are asked to check in at membership windows with your Taylor Card and be sure to bring a photo ID. Taylor students and scholars may bring their parents or guardians plus two family members or friends for free that day as they visit the Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

If a Taylor Card is reported lost, students must bring their third quarter report card with a photo ID to request a new Taylor award certificate. For more information, go to

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Anti-Defamation League names Phyllis Taylor as A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Winner

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has chosen Phyllis Taylor and Dr. Nick Mueller as this year’s A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Winners. Mrs. Taylor and Dr. Mueller embody the award’s prestige and philanthropic commitment to the community. “Award recipients are people who care not just for themselves today, but for the children and grandchildren of tomorrow,” says Nancy B. Timm, ADL South-Central Regional Board Chair, “who care enough to translate caring into action, who strive to build a future in which every citizen will share the fruits of democracy.”

Phyllis Taylor is a leader in philanthropic engagement in New Orleans and has been an ardent supporter of education initiatives that have been transformational to the city and state’s educational landscape. With her late husband, Patrick F. Taylor—an ADL Torch of Liberty Honoree from 1989—Phyllis Taylor has worked to see the continuance of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, an innovative program that provides access to college for all high school graduates of Louisiana that meet the certain core curriculum standards.  Taylor is chairwoman of Endeavor Enterprises L.L.C. and Taylor Energy Company LLC. She also chairs the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, which has benefited numerous education, public safety, and humanitarian efforts across the Greater New Orleans area since 1985. Taylor is an important role model for the business community, and her voice in education is key to a city like New Orleans that is touted nationally as a laboratory for education reform.

Dr. Nick Mueller has achieved a remarkable impact in his role as President and CEO of The National World War II Museum, an institution that is facing a $325 million expansion as it secures a place among the world’s top museums. The museum sees millions of visitors and has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 attraction in New Orleans, the #4 museum in the nation, and the #11 museum worldwide. In addition to its exciting permanent exhibitions and innovative education programs, the museum teaches about the meaning of the war effort in defending individual rights and democratic institutions, and will explore these themes in the coming Liberation Pavilion. The museum has long hosted ADL’s Echoes and Reflections program, a Holocaust curriculum for educators. Dr. Mueller enjoyed a 33-year career as a professor of history and administrator at the University of New Orleans prior to his work at the museum, and now devotes his academic leadership skills to advancing the public good.

“Mrs. Taylor and Dr. Mueller are truly inspirational individuals,” says Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman, ADL South-Central Regional Director. “They are leaders in defining the future of New Orleans and have made immense contributions to defining our educational landscape.”

The award will be presented at the annual A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner at the Hyatt Regency of New Orleans onDecember 1, 2015. Tickets are available by contacting the local ADL office at or 504-780-5602.


The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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