Scholarship Opportunities



These awards are available to any active LAEA members for professional development (i.e. assistance in attending an NAEA national convention or other professional development activity). To be eligible, a student member must be an LAEA member for one year and an active member must be an LAEA member for two years. Both must have participated in LAEA activities. With this submission of a scholarship request, members understand and agree to both attend and present at the next LAEA Fall Conference if they are awarded a scholarship.


Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Awards Fund

Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund, a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), is accepting scholarship applications. An award of $500 will be presented to an outstanding student in art education to help pay tuition or educational expenses.

The award is open to any junior or senior pursuing an art education degree at any Louisiana college or university who meets the criteria as specified in the application. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26. Applicants may download the scholarship application by visiting

The fund was created by Lynn Gary, Gary’s daughter, 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”.

This award was established by Lynn Gary, daughter of Eloise Voorhies Gary, to honor the memory and the accomplishments of this influential south Louisiana artist and educator. An award of $500 will be presented to an outstanding student in art education to help pay for tuition and/or educational expenses.

To qualify for the award, the student will be a currently enrolled junior or senior in an Art Education program (major or minor), or in an alternative certification program pursuing a teaching certificate in Art Education K-12 in any Louisiana university or college.

The award recipient will have the intent of teaching art whether in a K-12 school or an institute of higher learning, or in programs offered outside of formal education formats, for example, Boys and Girls Clubs, summer camps, or other organizations. Ideally, the recipient will intend to teach art in Louisiana, but teaching art in schools, colleges, and other organizations anywhere is acceptable.

The applicants will have a grade point average of at least 2.5 and will provide documentation for that average. The applicants must be junior-level status by the start of the fall 2018 semester and provide verification of enrollment. The applicant will also show proof of continuing the course of study, or in the case of a graduating senior, provide proof of eligibility to graduate.