L. Hill Bonin Jr. Memorial Award



The AcA/L. Hill Bonin, Jr. Memorial Award, is administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA), and is available for Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes. This program was created to award talented and deserving arts students, especially of the performing arts with funds for enhancing their talents through participation in advanced study or classes beyond those available in their present study programs. In addition, awards may benefit non-profit groups that provide opportunities to students for enhancing their arts talents. Recognized arts disciplines are dance, folklife, literature, media arts, music, and theater.


To be considered for an award, a student must be enrolled in any high school or college in the parishes served by the AcA, and must be planning to pursue a career or professional training in performing arts or arts administration. The student must be a citizen of the United States and a Louisiana resident, and have an overall grade point average of B or higher on their high school or college transcript.

Non-profit Organizations

For a non-profit organization or group to be eligible it must propose a production, performance or activity that involves high school or college students and ensure that the funds will be used for the enhancement of the talents of the students in the performance.


Recipients are chosen by the Bonin Awards Committee, composed of AcA Board Members and a representative of the Bonin family. Recipients, after meeting eligibility criteria, are chosen on the basis of the artistic merit of the proposed project, planning and design of the proposal, and appropriate request and plans for the use of the funds.

Application Deadline – April 20, 2018:

Hand-deliver by 4:30 p.m. to the Acadiana Center for the Arts or postmark (by post office) no later than Friday, April 20, 2017. Funding period – May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019

For more information or assistance prior to deadline, please contact Gwen Richard, Community Development Director at 337-233-7060 x227 or [email protected].

Submit Application To:

Acadiana Center for the Arts

Community Development Department

101 W. Vermilion St.

Lafayette, LA 70501

Download the application HERE.