The Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus created the prestigious “Women of Excellence Awards” in 2008 to recognize and honor extraordinary women of outstanding professional excellence across the state for their remarkable achievements and contributions. The awards are administered through the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation, an IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Individuals, who are selected as award recipients, must exhibit characteristics of excellence in integrity and professionalism, personify excellence in their area of specialty and be committed to community service to better society as a whole.
In 2010, the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation broadened the purpose of the Women of Excellence Awards to include the awarding of educational scholarships to deserving young women. The Foundation created and awarded the first Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation Scholarship in 2010 to the winners of the High School Woman of Excellence Award and the College Woman of Excellence Award. Each scholarship is $1,000 and is to be utilized for the sole purpose of advancing the higher education of the award recipients.
Also in 2010, the Foundation created the Educational Advancement Opportunity Scholarship (EAO). This scholarship was first awarded at the 2011 Women of Excellence Awards & Scholarship Gala. Each scholarship is for $500 and is to be used to defray the costs of tuition, room and board and books.
The Women of Excellence Awards & Scholarship Program recognizes and honors the exemplary achievements and contributions of extraordinary women in Louisiana who personify excellence in their leadership, profession, academics, community service, character and integrity. The Foundation also supports the educational advancement of deserving young women in Louisiana through the awarding of scholarships. In 2016 the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation Scholarship increased from $1,000 to $2,500 and the Educational Advancement Opportunity (EAO) Scholarship from $500 to $1,000. The Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation has awarded $73,000 in scholarships to young women in Louisiana since 2010.