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STAR Program Awarded Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Grant

(June 10, 2011) The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation has awarded Ochsner’s Academic Division a grant-in-aid of $18,380 for the 2011 STAR program, a summer science and medicine academy for high school students.

STAR (Science-Technology-Academics-Research) is an intensive 5-week summer camp that offers 16 high school students a glimpse of their future. The students get a preview of some scientific activities they are likely to experience in college and possibly medical school and an in-depth exposure to the full spectrum of medical and scientific career opportunities after they have completed their education.

“We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation for recognizing and supporting the need for educational enrichment in the science and healthcare fields and for allowing Ochsner physicians, scientists, and employees to impart some of their wisdom and expertise to the future leaders of our community,” said Allison Sharai, Academic Outreach and STAR program coordinator.

"All of us in Academic Outreach and the STAR Program also extend a very special thank you to Bill Oliver and Dee McCloskey of the Philanthropy Department for all their hard work so that we can continue to offer this unique and influential program to our students and community," Allison added.

The STAR program aligns perfectly with the mission of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation: to promote the common good and well-being of all the people of our nation, primarily by promoting universal and unlimited educational opportunities based solely on each individual’s demonstrated ability and willingness to learn.

In keeping with its mission, the foundation awards grants to nonprofits in the Greater New Orleans Metro Area focused in the fields of education, the arts, and the humanities.

Many Louisiana residents have been influenced by Mr. Taylor through the state’s TOPS program. Mr. Taylor conceived, developed, and spearheaded legislation for the Taylor Plan that passed the Louisiana Legislature on July 10, 1989. Under the program now called TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students), the state pays university tuition for all academically qualified students.

“We are delighted to be the beneficiaries of this important Patrick F. Taylor Foundation grant,” said Ethel Madden, director of Knowledge Management. “These funds will be used solely to defray student learning costs such as laboratory reagents and supplies and course-specific supplies. We are looking forward to a productive, meaningful, and highly successful program this summer.”

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