Phyllis M. Taylor, Chairman and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, announced this week that the Taylor Scholars Awards program has achieved a growth of 10 percent in the 2014/2015 academic year, rewarding more than 195,000 students through April 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.
Mrs. Taylor joined representatives of Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Museum of Art in expressing pride that the Taylor Scholars Program continues to expand its reach after nearly two decades.
Eligible students earn a one-year membership to NOMA and Audubon attractions for achieving a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
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.
Saturday, May 16, 2015, is the official Taylor Family Fun Fest at Audubon Zoo, which will feature music from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., free entrance to the Dino Exhibit and discounts on Audubon concessions and gift shop items for qualifying student and their guests.
Taylor scholars are asked to check in at membership windows with your Taylor Card and be sure to bring a photo ID. Taylor students and scholars may bring their parents or guardians plus two family members or friends for free that day as they visit the Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
If a Taylor Card is reported lost, students must bring their third quarter report card with a photo ID to request a new Taylor award certificate.
For more information, go to http://www.auduboninstitute.org/taylor-day