Hard work with the schoolbooks is yielding great rewards outside of school, thanks to a special program created by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. The Taylor/Audubon Students and Scholars Program rewards Louisiana’s top students in grades 7th through 12th who have “made the grade” with hands-on educational outings that will create family memories for a lifetime.
The Taylor/Audubon Students and Scholars Program was created in 1996 through an initial $750,000 gift (which has increased to $900,000 today) from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. The endowment has established the programs with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium to continue in perpetuity.
Eligible students earn a one-year membership to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium for achieving a 2.5 grade point average or higher. Students who earn a grade point average of 3.0 or above also qualify for a one-year membership to the Audubon Zoo. The program is open to all Louisiana students in grades 7th through 12th, whether attending public, private, or parochial schools. One parent or guardian may accompany students free of charge to these sites.
“Seeing this program reach the highest number of students ever is a testimony to Pat Taylor’s vision for Louisiana’s young people,” says Ron Forman, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute. “Audubon Nature Institute looks forward to this program’s ongoing success, as well as sharing our love for nature with these students as they continue their education.”
In 1997, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation offered Louisiana students in 7th through 12th grade yet another opportunity. The Taylor/New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) Scholars Program provides students a chance to view the art of the New Orleans Museum of Art up-close as an award for academic excellence. The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation established the Taylor/NOMA Scholars Program through a $360,000 endowment. The endowment is designed to guarantee the program in perpetuity.
Students who make the grade receive a free one-year membership to the New Orleans Museum of Art. All public, private and parochial students who complete the school year with a 2.5 grade point average or better are eligible. Students in grades 7th through 10th must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, free of charge.
“Education is the cornerstone of our mission at NOMA,” said Susan Taylor, the Montine McDaniel Freeman Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art. “Students are not only rewarded but also enriched by the Taylor Scholars program. Museums are places of inspiration, education, and imagination that aspire to engage these young adults and expose them to new experiences and opportunities which will impact the rest of their lives. Learning through the arts is a lifelong opportunity and we are honored to continue this fitting tribute to Patrick Taylor and his vision.”
Award membership cards are distributed through participating Louisiana schools statewide and not to individual students.
Louisiana principals, teachers and counselors should visit the Information for Schools page on this website to find how to participate in the Taylor Scholars Awards Program. We welcome all public, private and parochial schools to enroll in the program.