The Irby Luquette Endowment Scholarship was established by Luquette's son, Gary Luquette of Montgomery, Texas. The endowment is available each year to award deserving Babe Ruth League graduates with a college scholarship. The financial assistance the students receive from the Endowment Fund may be applied to their college tuition and/or books. The Endowment Fund strives to promote the pursuit of higher education by alleviating financial barriers.
Irby Luquette of Abbeville, Louisiana, has given close to 60 years of dedicated service to Babe Ruth League as a coach, manager, League President, District Director, State Commissioner, Regional Commissioner, Tournament Director and World Series consultant.
Luquette was the coach of the first Louisiana state champion team when he coached the 1962 Vermilion Babe Ruth team. Today, he still goes to watch the local Vermilion team compete. Luquette has not only been involved with Babe Ruth at state and regional levels, but served many terms as a Tournament Director for a multitude of District, State and Regional Tournaments. In 1974, he served on the World Series committee in Abbeville. This was the very first tournament to show a profit, also breaking the record for attendance at that time. In addition, Luquette helped prepare the Abbeville facility for the first Bambino World Series hosted in Louisiana in 1995.
This scholarship is awarded to applicants from the Southwest Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas). First consideration is given to students from Louisiana. If award criteria is not met, consideration will be given to students from the other southwestern states listed.
To download an application and the scholarship criteria, please click here .
Pictured below (l-r): Christopher Alex Houeye of Kentwood, LA, Irby Luquette and Shelbi Lane Strickland of Plaquemine, LA. Christopher and Shelbi were the first recipients of the Irby Luquette Endowed Scholarship.