The Volunteers at Abbeville General unveiled the Tree of Life, which is located in the main lobby of the hospital, on February 29, 1996. The leaves on the tree represent donations in memory of a deceased loved one or to honor the living.
Donations from the Tree of Life are dedicated to a Scholarship Program for college students enrolled in a health care related curriculum.

Who May Apply

  • Any college student who has attained at least Junior Year status and has:
  • Lived in Vermilion Parish for a period of two (2) consecutive years,
  • Enrolled in a health care related field at an accredited college or university in the State of Louisiana, or an accredited online college or university.
  • Completed enough hours to be a Junior or Senior, and
  • Maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher.

You may download the application or call 337-898-6472 to obtain additional information regarding the Scholarship Program sponsored by the Volunteers at Abbeville General.




Mrs. Lois Gaspard Sellers, R.N., was born on October 7, 1930 in Abbeville, LA.  She attended school in Abbeville then entered Graduate Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.  After graduating from Nursing School she was a surgical nurse at the Palms Hospital and planned Abbeville General Hospital with the Administrator and Board of Directors of Abbeville General Hospital.         

From February, 1966 (when Abbeville General Hospital opened its doors) to 1979, she was the Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator, and was appointed Acting Administrator from November 1979-January 1980.  From 1980 to 1986, Mrs. Sellers was Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator in charge of several departments.

These were the happy years for Mrs. Sellers, for she was doing what she liked best, the practice of nursing and administration.  She will always be a special person in many lives and always had the hospital’s interest at heart.  Her optimism and deep faith were an inspiration to all who knew her.

It is with great gratitude for Mrs. Sellers’ dedicated service to the community of Abbeville that this nursing scholarship is offered in her memory.


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To download the form, click here.