On November 17th, LSU marked the formal groundbreaking of the $110 million renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall, the campus’ main College of Engineering building, and construction of a new Chemical Engineering building. The celebration featured Governor Bobby Jindal, LSU Chancellor and President F. King Alexander and philanthropist Phyllis Taylor.
Phyllis M. Taylor, a graduate of Tulane Law School and member of the Board of Tulane, announced a $15 million gift to Tulane University in November of 2014 to establish the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.
Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform is a year-long series about the arts and education in New Orleans by NolaVie and its cultural partner, WWNO public radio. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.
The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation partnered with Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the LSU School of Medicine to offer a new Scholarship for Primary Care. It was established to help ensure an adequate supply of exemplary physicians who live and practice Primary Care in Louisiana. Qualifying students are high-achieving individuals committed to providing such care to populations in the state of Louisiana and are entering their third and/or fourth year of medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine in New Orleans. Students participating in the Program receive a scholarship award consisting of a tuition waiver in the amount of $25,000.00 for tuition in the third or fourth years of medical school (or both). In exchange for the award (s), and upon completing appropriate postgraduate training and satisfying applicable licensure requirements as identified below, participating students must practice twenty-four (24) consecutive months of Primary Care in Louisiana for each academic year the tuition waiver is received. Applications for the award are open to LSU’s current L3 medical students and are available at the Family Medicine website http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/family_medicine/. Applications should be returned by October 15, 2014 to Family Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philanthropist and education advocate Phyllis Taylor has donated $7.5 million for education outreach and a new learning space to be named the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Object Project, opening July 2015 in the museum’s renovated west wing, will focus on “everyday things that changed everything” and will encourage visitors of all ages to discover American history through games, activities and authentic touchable objects.
Representatives of Audubon Nature Institute and theNew Orleans Museum of Art gathered May 28, 2014 to celebrate a longstanding partnership with the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. Phyllis M. Taylor, Chairman and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, announced that in the 2013/2014 academic year, the Taylor Scholars Awards program rewarded more than 175,000 students 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.
Eligible students earn a one-year membership to NOMA and Audubon attractions for achieving a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
“It was my late husband’s dream to inspire the youth of Louisiana and teach them that hard work brings rewards,” said Mrs. Taylor. “The educational opportunities that they will receive from their visits to Audubon attractions and the New Orleans Museum of Art will expand their horizons and encourage them to continue their educations.”
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.
“Like so many accomplished individuals, the Taylors achieved success by identifying their passions,’’ said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “The Taylors valued education and they created a way for anyone who wanted to get a college degree in Louisiana to get one if they worked for it. With the Taylor Scholars Awards program, they are sending our young leaders another important message: that learning does not stop at the classroom.’’
“NOMA is an institution for lifelong learning where education is fundamental to all that we do,” said Susan M. Taylor, Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art. “Thanks in large measure to the Taylor Foundation, the museum is able to serve our community with a range of educational offerings. NOMA uses the collection as an important foundation for teaching that includes an interdisciplinary approach embracing the humanities as well as STEM subjects.”
Saturday, May 31, 2014 and Saturday, November 29, 2014, are the official “Taylor Scholar Awards’’ days at Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Students may bring their parents or guardians plus two guests with them for free on those days as they visit the facilities to which they’ve been awarded a Taylor membership.
Phyllis Taylor, president of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, granted $1 million to Tulane University to award as a prize for the best solution to combat annual “dead zones” in the world’s lakes and oceans.
Longtime champion of education Phyllis M. Taylor, chairwoman and president of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, is the recipient of Loyola University New Orleans’ 2013 Integritas Vitae Award, the university’s highest honor. Loyola will recognized Taylor at the 1912 Society Dinner on Dec. 5, 2013.
The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation recently 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. The Foundation’s grant will provide seven $15,000 scholarships per year over the next 12 years for deserving students. The first seven scholarships will be available to students enrolling for the Fall 2013 semester, and will be awarded in August 2013.