The recipients for the 2010-2011 Jérôme Lohez September 11th Scholarship have been selected, and are as following:
- Paula Henin (France, London School of Economics – Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – Columbia University Law School)
- Hélène Franchineau (France, Sciences Po – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)
- Alban Pétré (France, Ecole Pour L’Informatique et Les Techniques Avancees – Stevens Institute of Technology)
1. Paula Henin (France, London School of Economics – Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – Columbia University Law School)
Ms. Henin’s academic brilliance was clear at young age. She was recognized by the Mayor de Sevres for outstanding results in the French Baccalaureate exam. Paula then went on to study International Relations and History at the London School of Economics (LSE). She specialized in the Middle East and public international law. Paula was among the top one percent of students in her year. Paula felt compelled to try to shed light on the situation in which there seems to be such misunderstanding and sometimes animosity between the west and the Arab world. Her dissertation thesis, “A French perspective on the British and American interventions in the Levant, May – November 1958,” was commended by the LSE’s Board of Examiners and awarded the Hue Wheldon Prize.
Paula has received a 2010-2011 Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship to participate in a dual degree program at Columbia Law School and Univiersité Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a board member of the Columbia International Arbitration Association. Paula has a strong interest in international law; her ultimate goal is to work as a legal adviser for a major international organization, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, or an international court or tribunal.
Ms. Henin speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic and is a passionate guitar and saxophone player.
2. Hélène Franchineau (France, Sciences Po – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)
Ms. Franchineau completed a journalism program at Sciences Po Paris and programs in International Affairs and Chinese Language and Culture at Sciences Po Bordeaux.
Hélène then worked for Le Monde and Slate in Shanghai and Paris; she wrote news on the Shanghai World Expo, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Muslim minority riots in Xinjiang province. In 2009 Hélèn interned at The Washington Times foreign desk where she covered policies on climate change.
Hélène plans to do multimedia journalism, which she considers to be the future of journalism. She chose to study in the United States because she believes it has been far ahead of European countries in developing this kind of journalism. She enrolled at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism this fall. She is interested not only in story-telling, but also in blogging, radio editing, photography and video, and social media.
Ms. Franchineau speaks French, English, and Chinese.
3. Alban Pétré (France, Ecole Pour L’Informatique et Les Techniques Avancees – Stevens Institute of Technology)
Mr. Pétré worked at Société Générale for the global head of Risk Assessment and Controls. He worked on the creation of a methodology to improve web-browsing control of Societe Generale system users and other security-related projects. He was praised by his professors and supervisors for his creativity and attention to details and his team spirit.
Alban visited New York for the first time in 2009 and fell in love with the city. He will enter Stevens Institute of Technology in spring, 2011. He looks forward broadening his vision through an American educational experience, and he hopes that his time in the United States will allow him to promote cultural exchange while here and when he returns to France.
The Award Presentation Gala will be held in spring 2011. More details will follow soon.
Jérôme Lohez 2010 Scholarship Selection Committee:
Professor Elizabeth Roistacher (Committee Chairman)
Captain Jordan Becker (2009 Scholarship recipient)
Mr. Stephane Bouniol
Mr. Philippe Carls
Mr. Mark Denne
Mr. Florent D’Halluin (2009 Scholarship recipient)
Mr. Brian T. Kelly
Mr. Vincent De Laggabe
Ms. Dening Lohez (Founder)
Ms. Barbara Wing
Professor Elizabeth Roistacher is an economics professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has previously served as deputy assistant secretary for economic affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as a Brookings Economic Policy fellow. Professor Roistacher has also served as director of the Office of Honors and Scholarships at Queens College. Professor Roistacher received Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania.