Students receive scholarships to study and teach in France
Contact: Elise Doster
HAMMOND – La Foundation Louisiane, a non-profit organization dedicated to Louisiana-French heritage, has awarded educational scholarships to three Southeastern Louisiana University students.
Marshall Smith, a French Education major from Hammond, was awarded a yearlong scholarship to study French as a second language at the Universite de Mons-Hainaut in Mons, Belgium.
Sponsored by La Fondation Louisiane and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), the Lois and John Breaux Scholarship winner receives an all-expense paid academic year at the accredited Belgium university. CODOFIL promotes French heritage among Louisiana college students and awards semester abroad scholarships to outstanding Louisiana students interested in the French language.
Upon returning home to Louisiana, Smith will complete his teaching certificate through the Southeastern College of Education and Human Development and begin teaching French in local schools.
The foundation also awarded Southeastern students Claire Bergeron of Independence and Emily Moise of Covington with Heritage Scholarships. Bergeron and Moise will live in France and teach conversational English to French elementary and high school students. Members of the United States French Embassy chose the Heritage Scholarship recipients, and La Fondation will fund the students’ living expenses for the 2008-2008 academic year.
“I knew I wanted to study French the first time I ever heard it spoken at 10 years old,” said Smith. “I was immediately intrigued by its sound and my fascination with the language remains.”