Pierre C Fraley Scholarship

The purpose of the Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship is to give students the opportunity to increase their language proficiency in French and to enrich their understanding of French culture and contemporary society.

To be eligible for the Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship the applicant must meet the criteria listed below: 

  • The applicant must be a French language student, with at least a B1 level, or be a French teacher with no more than 3 years of experience. 
  • The applicant must be applying to a French program. The program must be conducted in French, and be located in either the United States or in a Francophone country and is subject to the approval of the Alliance Française's Scholarship committee. 
  • The committee may require an oral or written report of the recipient's progress after completion of the program

The Alliance Française (AF) scholarship committee will weigh need, merit, and the applicant’s career plans when awarding the scholarship in the amount of $3,000.

Preference will be given to residents of the tri-state area (PA-NJ-DE) or to out-of area students who are matriculated at a university in the tri-state area.

After finishing the project the recipient must summit to the scholarship committee, within 30 days, proof of completion and an evaluation of the project by a superior.

In addition, the recipient is required to write a 500 word report describing the experience in France.


The deadline for applications to be received by the AF is February 15, 2024 and candidates will be contacted by March 15th.

oNLINE APPLICATION FORM and instructions oNLINE APPLICATION FORM and instructions

  • Complete the online application form (where ‘online application form’ is hyperlinked) which requires the upload of the following supporting materials”
  • cover letter written in French, 500 word maximum, describing their personality: their qualities and their strengths academically and personally.
  • A ​written essay​ in French, 500 word maximum, describing their reason for applying and career plans and how they intend to benefit from the program of study. They need to explain when and why did they start learning French.
  • A 2 to 5-minute video recording of their spoken French presenting themself in a different way than a cover letter. 
  • All applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation. At least one of these must be from the applicant's current teacher of French. (University students: can be submitted by mail on university letterhead, or by e-mail. If e-mailed format .doc, .docx or .pdf, must be sent from professor's university e-mail address).
  • University students must submit a current transcript of grades (unofficial and scanned copies from the university are acceptable).
  • The applicant must submit a copy of their application to a program of studies. The applicant must submit a copy of their application to that program. Receipt of the award is contingent upon acceptance to such a program. Format .pdf

The Alliance Française de Philadelphie wishes to thank the family and friends of former president, the late Pierre C. Fraley, for their generosity in establishing a scholarship program that will, in Mr. Fraley’s name, encourage, enable and promote the study of the French language and culture among deserving young people.