Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana Grants Scholarship

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(Lafayette, La.) – The Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund, a Fund established with Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently awarded a scholarship grant to local teacher Jessica Cormier. The check presentation was held at CFA’s office, 1035 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 100, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

The Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund was established in memory of the late Richard Guidry. Its mission is to support activities and projects that encourage, increase and improve the use of the multiple varieties of French languages and francophone cultures in Louisiana, especially the spoken use in public, in the arts and in education. The money granted to scholarship recipient Jessica Cormier will allow her to continue in her studies toward certification to teach French, inclusive of local parlance.

Cormier knew Richard Guidry and appreciated his gift for making people feel special. “Richard saw potential in every young person, and it was his belief in us that made us believe in ourselves,” she said. “I’m grateful for the scholarship because it will help me continue to do the kind of work that Richard cared so deeply about.”

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s core purpose is to connect all generous donors to the causes they care about. CFA is south-central Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization that benefits our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative commitments exceeding $100 million and has made cumulative grants of over $40 million. Learn more atwww.cfacadiana.org.