The Foundation

Our Mission

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation seeks to enable individuals to realize their full potential and maximize their contributions to society. The Foundation’s focus is to achieve this objective by primarily promoting education, the ideals of equal opportunities and the values of free enterprise. The Foundation also may consider proposals from charitable and humanitarian organizations that share these objectives.


The Foundation supports the concept that it is better to teach a person to care for oneself, rather than to give the person a handout. It is apparent that for many the ability to achieve their full potential is out of reach. Financial and other constraints create barriers not easily overcome. The Foundation’s work is to respond to this need by providing the means where it can be most effective. The need is greater than the ability of the Foundation to answer all requests, so emphasis is placed primarily within the Foundation’s local community. Besides giving educational assistance to individuals in the form of scholarships, focus is directed toward programs and projects that can be brought to scale and have a broad impact. Additionally, the Foundation recognizes that there are other aspects of a viable community that are worthy of support. It seeks to address these needs when and how it is able.

In 1955, a poor young man from Texas was given an incredible opportunity.

The Taylors received awards and honors from many organizations.

The Board of Trustees & Staff that makeup the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation

A Brief History

A poor young man from Texas, Patrick F. Taylor, was given an incredible opportunity — the chance to attend Louisiana State University tuition free.


Patrick F. Taylor founds Taylor Energy Company, the largest privately help oil and gas company to operate in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.


Mr. and Mrs. Taylor create the Patrick F. Taylor foundation as a charitable extension of Taylor Energy Company — to give back to the great nation that had given them so much.


Patrick F. Taylor offered to pay college tuition for 183 middle school students later known as “Taylor’s Kids,” if they would take college preparatory courses, maintain a B average, and stay out of trouble. It evolved into the Taylor Plan a statewide legislative campaign to ensure all Louisiana students had access to a free college education.


Although the Louisiana legislative battle was fierce, Act 789 (Tuition Assistance Program) was signed into law. No one fought harder or felt prouder than Patrick F. Taylor. His new message: You can go to college. It’s not just a promise. It’s the law.


Louisiana law changed TAP to the Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). The income cap was removed, the program was broadened, and the core curriculum was adjusted to 16.5 units. With this law, all Louisiana students became eligible for awards based on their academic performance.


Louisiana Legislature renames the Louisiana Tuition Opportunity Program for Students to Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). Today, thanks to Mr. Taylor, countless American children have the opportunity to go to college based on their ability to learn, and not their ability to pay.