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Welcome to the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation.

The Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation is the only charitable organization established after the 9/11 tragedy that is dedicated specifically to promoting educational and cultural exchange among the U.S., France and China. By providing scholarship awards to multinational students, enabling them to study in one another’s homelands, the Foundation aims to shape the next generation of global citizen, along with a new class of international policy makers. The Foundation also seeks to develop a pool of highly-trained multicultural business leaders to serve as innovators in multinational commerce.

The foundation was launched in November 2005 in honor of Jérôme Robert Lohez, a French citizen who died in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Chers Amis,

The frontiers of culture do not, in fact, coincide with national boundaries. The latter divide people according to some of their loyalties and customs, but not according to what makes them happy, what makes one a genuine human being. I am surprised by international misunderstandings in their subtlest forms, by the inability of people to tune into one another’s wavelength.

Engineering technologies and computer science had made it easy to cross national frontiers physically, but there has been no invention of new mental habits to enable people to cope with others who have different world views. For that to happen, we must encourage young people to travel, to study and to live in countries different from their own.

When individuals have looked beyond their familiar surroundings, when they have lived and traveled in foreign lands, they have discovered that many strangers share their emotions and interests. No life can be considered to be fully lived if it has not benefited from all the encounters of which it is capable.

Every scientific discovery, indeed, is inspired by a similar search and by the meeting of ideas that previously never came together. So too is the objective of our foundation, which is to give students opportunities to find connections between what seem to have no connection, linking applied science with culture, people and places by rendering communications, encounters and exchanges possible.

This foundation was founded in honor of a deceased young man who came from the nation that gave the world “La declaration des Droits de L’Homme et du Citoyen” (The Declarations of Rights of Man and Citizen), and who was an engineer who believed in humanism. This foundation also is an effort by a group of private citizens to do something positive for society.

Un Grand Merci,
Dening Lohez

Executive Board

Dening LohezFounder
Stéphane BouniolVice-President
Ann B. Cianflon, Legal Counselor
Brian T. Kelly, CPA
Ellie Abdi, Ed.D., Montclair State University
Sibylle Eschapasse,
Author/International Official, United Nations
Svetlana A. Malinovskaya
PhD, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology
Emily Wexler, PE, Associate, Strategic Project Development, Tranquility49 PR

Advisory Board

Francois Delattre, French Ambassador to the United Nations
Philippe Lalliot, Former French Consul General to New York, Current French Foreign Ministry Spokesperson and Director of Communications
Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of French Embassy
Fabrice Bardeche, Director, EPITA
Dr. Edmund Kwan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Cornell University Medical College and New York Medical College
Dr. Joёl Courtois, Director, EPITA
Ms. Roxie Smith, Vice Provost, Columbia University in the City of New York
Dr. Zhang Xiulan, Dean, School of Social Development & Public Policy, Beijing Normal University

Scholarship Award Selection Committee

Professor George Calhoun, Chair; Director, Director, Quantitative Finance Program, School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology
Professor Hong Bing, Associate Professor, Assistant to Dean School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai
Dr. Ellie AbdiMontclair State University
Ms. Sharen Glennon, Committee Witness; Associate, The School of Business, Stevens
Professor Svetlana A. Malinovskaya, Stevens Institute of Technology
Professor Marion Moreau, Academic Coordinator at Sciences Po Paris, School of Public Affairs, Master in European Affairs
Professor Fanglu Sun, SIRPA, Fudan University
Ms. Emily Wexler, PE
Mr. Patrick A. Berzinski
, Committee Witness; Communications Consultant, Tranquility49 PR

Young Alumni Council

Annabelle Libeau, (2014 Recipient)
Côme Dechery, (2013 Recipient)
Roxane Cassehgari, (2013 Recipient)
Paula Henin, (2011 Recipient)
Elodie Nguyen, (2014 Recipient)

Volunteers

Philip Carls
Vincent de Lagabbe
Marjorie Maman,
Manager of French-language Translation

Ms. Camille Athènes, 2012, Université de Lorraine UFR Lettres et Langues

Ms. Athènes completed a 2012 bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages applied to Business at the Université de Lorraine UFR Lettres et Langues, with a particular emphasis on English and Italian. During her time as a marketing intern with the Lohez Foundation, while officed at the French-American Foundation, Camille engaged in market research, strategy planning, event coordination, text translation, and a variety of administrative tasks. She expects to earn a master’s degree in International Finance in 2014 from the Université de Lorraine ESM-IAE.

 

Ms. Lauren B. Corn, 2012, New York University

Ms. Corn is a 2013 graduate of New York University, majoring in French Language and Literature. She also spent time at New York University in Paris to experience the French way of life while enhancing her French Language skills and deepening her knowledge of French culture and history. She was French Club President and a National Honor Society member in High School. After her work with the Lohez Foundation, Lauren joined the Sciences Po Foundation as a bi-lingual intern for the spring 2013 semester. Following graduation, she plans to seek experience in the world of business, potentially in the field of import-export and/or consumer retail.

 

Ms. Grace Lieberman, 2013, New York University

Ms. Lieberman is a 2013 graduate of New York University, bringing an array of language, managerial and media skills to her internship with the Lohez Foundation as its 2012-2013 student associate. Receiving her bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages in May 2013, Grace’s name has been published to the Dean’s List in each of her academic years to date. Fluent in both French and Italian, she traveled abroad to Florence, Italy, during the 2011 Fall Semester, where she taught English at the Scuola Dell’Infanzia Merlo Bianco and tutored visually impaired students in French and English at the Convitto Vittorio Emanuele II. Grace lent her skills in design, multimedia and project management to several major initiatives at the Lohez Foundation. She plans to pursue a career in the field of education.

 

Ms. Katherine Bradley, 2013, Muhlenberg College

Ms. Bradley is a rising senior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She will graduate in May 2014 with a French major and Sustainability Studies minor. During her junior year, Katherine spent both semesters abroad at the American University Center of Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France. While abroad, she strengthened her French language skills as well as increasing her understanding of the French culture and society. In addition, she completed two community service experiences which helped her to integrate into the culture and fully experience life in France. In the fall of 2012, she tutored English with young French schoolchildren at Secours Catholique and in the spring of 2013 she spent time creating art with the members of Les Ateliers Arts et Découvertes. Katherine is thrilled to join the Lohez Foundation and contribute her knowledge and skills.

 

Ms. Nathalie Froger, 2014, American Language Communication Center

Ms. Nathalie Froger is a young French professional pursuing English studies at the American Language Communication Center in New York City. Nathalie worked for six years in production design and multimedia for Editions Bréal in France, and she has volunteered to assist the Lohez Foundation with a number of design-related projects. Nathalie holds a French Professional Degree in Content Management for Web and Multimedia Design from the Université de Paris 13, Bobigny, France, and a Professional Certificate in Publishing from ASFORED (Centre de formation du Syndicat national de l’édition), Paris. Nathalie looks forward to learning more about the American publishing and multimedia industries.

 

Ms. Maureen Hassall, Summer 2015, University of British Columbia in Vancouver

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Ms. Hassall is a rising junior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada studying Political Science and International Relations with a focus on languages. She is fluent in French and has spent many summers in France experiencing French culture and society. In addition to this, she will be spending a semester abroad during her senior year at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Maureen is very excited to join the Lohez Foundation to put forward her knowledge of French culture and to learn the ropes of working in an international company, as she plans to pursue a career in this sector.

Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (Feb. 19, 2008)
Zhao JianJun, Ambassador of China to France (May 14. 2007, in Chinese)
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the UMP (Oct. 9, 2006, in French)