Feb 14, 2014 6:42 PM by Dave Fields

LHS French Club scores CFA's Cajun and Creole Language Grant

Lafayette - The Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund, which was established to support activities and projects that promote the French language or francophone culture in Louisiana, recently awarded two scholarship grants, one of which went to Lafayette High School (LHS) French Club.

The other grant was awarded to the department of Foreign Languages at the Louise S. McGeehee School in New Orleans.

The Lafayette High School (LHS) French club received $200 to send 29 students to a state French Club Convention from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Students competed on a state level for awards and scholarships.

Madeleine Comeaux, senior at LHS and president of the French Club, was able to attend the convention in part from the Richard Guidry grant. At the convention, she was awarded a $3,000 scholarship to attend a five-week French immersion program at the University of Sainte Anne in Nova Scotia.

"I've wanted to go to Nova Scotia since middle school when my dad first told me about it," said Comeaux.

The Louise S. McGeehee School received more than $500 to support a cultural excursion that will allow students to discover and study the Cajun and Creole culture in Acadiana. The students will focus on St. Martinville's Cajun and Creole community. Lessons, lectures and videos on the history of French Acadiana will precede the excursion.

The fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation of Acadiana, is currently accepting grant proposals that foster or extend the growth of the French language in public discourse, the arts or education. The fund supports classroom projects, research, cultural activities and media projects that use spoken French in the community. Grants are awarded based upon the quality of the proposals and their adherence to the fund's mission: to grow the use of spoken Cajun and Creole. Applications can be downloaded at  or by emailing The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013.

The Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund was established in memory of the late Richard Guidry, who was an author, educator and state supervisor of foreign languages. The mission is to support activities and projects that encourage, increase and improve the use of the multiple varieties of French languages and francophone cultures in Louisiana, especially the spoken use in public, the arts and education. Please contact Brenda Mounier with the Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund with any questions. She can be reached via email at

Community Foundation of Acadiana is south Louisiana's premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA's core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. In 2013, Community Foundation of Acadiana was recognized for the second year among the Top 100 community foundations in the country as #3 Most Active Grantmaker, #72 Most Gifts per Capita, and #74 Most Activity. Additional milestones include over $115 million in cumulative gifts and over $66 million in cumulative grants. Learn more at



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