First Southwest Airlines scholarship presented to McMains employee _lowres

Photo provided by Jessica Erwin --LANO Board Chairman Keith Liederman, from left, McMains Children’s Developmental Center Executive Director Renee Craft, and LANO President and CEO Kelly Pepper gather recently to present Craft with LANO's the first Southwest Airlines Scholarship.

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations has presented Renee Craft, executive director of McMains Children’s Developmental Center, with its first Southwest Airlines Scholarship.

LANO partnered with Southwest Airlines to offer LANO members a limited number of airline ticket scholarships for professional development opportunities, a news release said.

The scholarship is intended to assist with travel costs for nonprofit employees or board members related to attending training sessions, conferences and educational programs, the release said.

Craft was chosen by a committee to receive round-trip airfare to the 2015 United Cerebral Palsy Annual Conference based on her application and her organization’s important work, the release said.

The mission of the McMains Children’s Developmental Center is to identify and treat children with cerebral palsy, developmental delays and learning disabilities to enable them to reach their potential and to function as independently as possible, the release said.

The center helps children in the Greater Baton Rouge area and surrounding 12 parishes with cerebral palsy and other disabilities such as sensory processing disorders, severe speech and learning disabilities, AD/HD and autism.

LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana. For information on LANO’s Southwest Airlines scholarship, visit