Scholarships

Patrick F. Taylor believed that any student with drive could “become somebody.” As a scholarship recipient himself, Taylor didn’t just believe in the concept of “paying it forward” – he lived it. To date, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation has dedicated approximately $5 million in scholarships to students to attend colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Individual Scholarships

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation provides individual scholarships and grants to deserving Louisiana high school students attending two-year and four-year Louisiana undergraduate institutions, based on financial need and academic performance. These individual scholarships are administered by the Foundation upon the recommendation of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Education Committee and approval by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Board of Trustees.  Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $2,500 per semester.Students meeting the criteria may call the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation at 504-589-0555 to request an application form. High school students can apply after they receive their final high school transcript and have graduated high school. The Fall semester deadline to submit your completed scholarship application is the first business day of July, and the Spring semester deadline is the first business day of December. Scholarship application forms will be e-mailed on an individual basis directly to students. In order for the applicant to be considered, the Scholarship Application Consent Form must be submitted with the scholarship application and signed by both the student applicant and a parent/guardian. Our Education Committee reviews scholarship applications before the Fall and Spring semesters only. As a general rule, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation does not offer individual scholarship assistance for elementary, high school, out-of-state undergraduate, or graduate programs.

Scholarship Criteria

Only applicants meeting the following criteria will be reviewed:
  • Be a United States citizen and a Resident of Louisiana
  • Enroll full time as a first time freshman, by the first semester following the first anniversary of high school graduation
  • Earn a 2.5 cumulative high school grade point average or higher
  • Earn an ACT score of 19 or better (Minimum ACT score of 22, for students completing a BESE approved home study program or receiving a Louisiana GED diploma)
  • Completion of an advanced 19 unit TOPS core curriculum
  • Have graduated from a Louisiana high school and be able to submit final transcript
  • Received letter of acceptance to a Louisiana college or university
  • Be able to provide information regarding amounts of financial assistance (college, federal & state grant awards)
  • Submit one character-reference letter
  • Submit a Scholarship Application Consent Form signed by both the student applicant and parent/guardian
Any exceptions to the above, must be approved by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Board of Trustees.

School-Specific Scholarships

The following scholarships are administered by individual schools and not by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. For more information about a school-specific scholarship, please contact the respective school.

Patrick F. Taylor Sci & Tech Academy

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation awards college scholarships to Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy students each year based on student academic performance and financial need.

Cabrini High School

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation awards scholarships to four students attending Cabrini High School in New Orleans, based on student academic performance and financial need. The Foundation also awards one graduating senior a college scholarship.

LSU for Chemistry

The Foundation grants two Patrick F. Taylor Scholarship in Chemistry awards to students demonstrating exceptional academic performance and need.  The LSU Chemistry Department’s Undergraduate Affairs and Awards Committee submits nominees to receive the awards.

The Kinkaid School

Mr. Taylor was a 1955 graduate of The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas and was one of the school’s first scholarship recipients. The Patrick F. Taylor Scholarship at The Kinkaid School pays full tuition and other education expenses for one student to attend Kinkaid, one of the top co-educational, college preparatory, independent day schools in the country.

Cuero High School

Lacey and Bridget Griffin, daughters of Taylor Energy Company employee Charles Russell, were tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1999.  In honor of the girls, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation established the Lacey and Bridget Griffin Scholarship Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The girls were honor students at Cuero High and Cuero Junior High Schools in Cuero, Texas.  The Lacey and Bridget Griffin Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Cuero High School.  It is a one-time college scholarship.

LSU for Engineering

The Foundation grants four Patrick F. Taylor Scholarship in Engineering awards to students demonstrating exceptional academic performance and need. The LSU College of Engineering submits nominees to receive the awards.

St. Augustine High School

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation awards one college scholarship each year to a graduating senior attending St. Augustine High School. Each school submits nominees for the Education Committee to review.

Hondo High School

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Endowment for the Taylor’s New Mexico Kids Fund administered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation awarded one graduating senior at Hondo Valley Public School in Hondo, New Mexico a college scholarship based on academic merit and financial need.

LSU for Geology & Geophysics

The Foundation grants the Patrick F. Taylor Scholarship in Geology and Geophysics and the Charles L. Jones Scholarship in Geology and Geophysics each year. The late Mr. Jones was Taylor Energy Company’s Vice President of Exploration. The LSU College of Geology and Geophysics Department’s Scholarship Committee submits nominees to receive the awards.

New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation awards one college scholarship each year to a graduating senior attending New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School. Each school submits nominees for the Education Committee to review.

LSU School of Medicine for Primary Care

The Foundation established a scholarship to help ensure an adequate supply of exemplary physicians who live and practice Primary Care in Louisiana. Applications for the award are open to LSU’s current L3 medical students and are available at the Family Medicine website.

Louisiana Tech University

The Foundation donated a gift of $920,000 to Louisiana Tech University Foundation to fund scholarships for first generation and academically outstanding students.

Loyola University New Orleans

The Foundation has pledged $1.26 million in scholarship support to Loyola University New Orleans for academically talented, first-generation college students who reside in Louisiana and demonstrate financial need.

New Orleans College Prep

The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation established the New Orleans College Prep Scholarship Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation to benefit graduating seniors of New Orleans College Prep graduating in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes to attend college.

Xavier University of Louisiana

Taylor has funded 10 scholarships for Louisiana high school seniors to attend Xavier University of Louisiana in Fall 2014. The students were awarded the scholarships based on financial need and academics.

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