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UL Lafayette Student Receives Memorial Scholarship

Lafayette, La. – Gabrielle Billeaud of Lafayette is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Jack Shirley Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana. Billeaud is an undergraduate student studying geology at UL Lafayette.

In response to receiving the scholarship, Billeaud said, “This award will be utilized to its full potential and produce a well-rounded, ready-to-work graduate of UL Lafayette. I am overjoyed to be selected for the award.”

Billeaud is a graduate of Lafayette High School in Lafayette. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental geology.

For his effort and his long-time service to Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientist (SIPES), the Lafayette Chapter of SIPES honored Jack Shirley by establishing the Jack Shirley Scholarship Fund in his name.

He was an outstanding geologist who gave generously of his time and service to others in both his professional and private life. His dedication to the profession began when he joined the Lafayette Geological Society in the early fifties. He is remembered as a great and gentle man.

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s core purpose is to build legacies and improve communities by connecting all generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is one of south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organizations benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $284.5 million and has made cumulative grants of more than $147.9 million. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.

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