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Scholarship Fund at CFA Now Accepting Applications

(Lafayette, La.) The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund, a Scholarship Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), is now accepting applications for its second scholarship cycle. One award of $500 will be presented to an outstanding student in art education to help pay tuition and/or educational expenses.

The award is open to any junior or senior pursuing an art education degree at a south Louisiana college or university who meets criteria as specified in the application. Applications are due Friday, March 22, 2013 and may be downloaded at

This Fund was created by Gary’s daughter, Lynn Gary, to honor her legacy as an artist and educator who believed in art as a vital facet of a child’s education. Lynn Gary said, “My mother delighted in bringing art into the lives of children and in having them express themselves through art. Art education was her passion and her gift to so many.”

Eloise Voorhies Gary (January 18, 1912 – February 27, 2003) was well known as an accomplished artist and inspiring educator; her teaching career culminated in her service as Supervisor for Art in the St. Martin Parish School System. In that role, she produced a handbook for classroom teachers titled “Art: Involvement”. Two of Gary’s etchings may be purchased through CFA at The etchings are $120 each and all proceeds benefit the Fund.

For an application, more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Fund, please visit or contact Erin Winder at 337-769-4842 or [email protected]

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s core purpose is to connect all generous donors to the causes they care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Lafayette, Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $105 million and has made cumulative gifts of over $55 million. Learn more at