From January 15, the Anne and Frédéric Potter Endowment Fund is launching a new round of applications for scholarships for the most gifted high school students who want to start their scientific training this year, but cannot easily afford it. This fund, created in 2019 by Anne and Frédéric Potter, aims to help students of humble origins to encourage them to study in preparatory classes and then in engineering school. In 2020 and 2021, he has already awarded numerous grants and supported young talents in their projects.
Equal access to education for all
Access to higher education is still unequal, especially due to social origin (only 7% of students in science preparatory departments come from working families) or geographic location (only 9.5% of higher education graduates are located in cities with 20 to 100,000 inhabitants).
Therefore, the goal of the Potter Fund is to create higher education accessible to all by awarding scholarships to talented students who do not have enough funds to realize their study project. The Fund therefore follows the recommendation of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, which in 2019 asked Grandes Ecoles to develop their social openness and facilitate access to gifted students of all backgrounds.
“Government scholarships are not enough to cover all the costs needed for studying in preparatory classes. However, in these selective courses you must be in the best condition to have the ability to integrate large schools. We want to contribute remove the financial obstacle which can prevent a great student from joining the best preparatory classes,” says Frédéric Potter. “Preparatory classes are an excellent springboard for young scientific talents, which we need more than ever to respond to social challenges. With this device, we hope so unleash the ambitions of motivated and talented young girls and boys “, adds Anne Potter.
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Conditions to be met for receiving a scholarship
To request a grant from the fund, applicants must submit a online file. They will be studied and selected according to academic and social criteria which you can find on the fund’s website. After an online selection and individual interviews, the winners will be awarded a personalized scholarship. Quantity the scholarship is calculated according to personal situation and daily expenses of each student (housing, transportation, food, etc.)
What are the benefits of scholarship holders? Opinions of previous scholarship recipients
The 27 scholarsfrom the first two promotions supported by the fund, he thus benefited scholarships in the average amount of €3,500. Some are built-in renowned preparatory classeslike Thomas, originally from Gaillac who joined the Marcelin Berthelot high school in St Maur des Fossés in the MPSI sector and who testifies: “The Potter Endowment Fund has given me real psychological support, especially in relation to not going I don’t have to worry about financial worries.”
Audrey, the winner from Val-de-Marne, currently a student at Louis Le Grand, adds: “The Frédéric Potter Fund really helped me in my orientation. We had many discussions during the selection of the Parcoursup. I hesitated when choosing a school and made up my mind in a conversation with the foundation. Today I do not regret my decision. Fortunately, they helped me, I thank them for that, in addition to financial assistance”.
Scholarship registration files are completed on the website from from January 15, 2022 to April 3, 2022.
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