Scholarships 2023

Alliance Française de Philadelphie awards two scholarships for francophone students and young professionals 

Philadelphia, PA,  May 2, 2023

The Alliance Française de Philadelphie’s Scholarship committee awarded two brilliant candidates to their 2023 scholarship program. The Alliance Française de Philadelphie scholarship committee has considered need, merit, and career plans while selecting the winner. 

The Pierre C. Fraley scholarship’s beneficiary is Madeline McDonald, who attended Princeton’s Aix en Provence Summer Program. Madeline completed her first year at Princeton in May with a double major in French Studies and visual arts/film with minors in Italian and journalism. She began studying French in high school, in addition to Spanish, which she had been immersed in since kindergarten. With language and story-telling aptitude, Madeline is ultimately thinking about a career in immersive cultural journalism and documentation as tools for creative non-fiction. She will be telling stories of the everyday world to broaden minds. With her host family and intensive language lessons, Madeline fully embraced her first opportunity to immerse in French culture and language, allowing her “the most powerful tool, the nuance – it’s essential, she says.” We are so pleased to have helped her gain this experience and build a foundation for her creative multilingual goals.

You can read Madeline's report here.

Ezra Campos-Pereira is the Marie Louise Vermeiren Jackson Scholarship recipient. He used the scholarship to attend Rutgers six week Summer in Paris term. As an undergraduate at Rutgers, Ezra is majoring in French and finance. In addition to his studies, Ezra writes for and publishes an extracurricular magazine in French. His early motivation for depth in the language came from his experience with modern French literature and poetry class, discovering the fundamental differences in language expression. He had never previously done a study-abroad program, and this opportunity has confirmed his desire for further French graduate studies and a career in teaching. “I love this language, and it enables me to enact a whole different set of expressions.” We are honored to help facilitate Ezra’s career adventure.

The Alliance Française de Philadelphie wishes to thank the families of Marie-Louise Vermeiren Jackson and Pierre C. Fraley for their generosity in establishing a scholarship program that will, in their names, encourage, enable, and promote the study of the French language and culture among deserving young people.

You can read Ezra's report here.