French Consulate holds 9/11 Commemoration Service

French Consulate holds 9/11 Commemoration Service

On July 12, 2021, a 20-year commemoration service for the victims of 9/11 was held in front of the French Consulate in New York at 934 Fifth Avenue, presided over by Ambassador Philippe Etienne and Consul Général Jérémie Robert.

Among other survivors, Dening Lohez gave her account of losing her husband Jérôme on that tragic day, which inspired her to create the Foundation to bring students from around the world to study together, share cultural values and take part in one humanity.

Lohez Cocktail

Lohez Cocktail

Board members, students and friends of the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation met informally for cocktails and small bites on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel, near Lincoln Center, on Friday, April 30th, in honor of Columbia University’s virtual Commencement that morning. We thank French journalist Laura Geiss for the photos.

Covid-19 Update 2020

Covid-19 Update 2020

The Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Programs are On Pause in 2020. As we continue to monitor developments related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to gather facts, take preventive measures, and plan for a variety of scenarios. The Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation has decided to pause 2020 scholarships due to the uncertainties of international student enrollments and the difficulties of international travel. We will re-open our scholarship programs in 2021 in due course. 

Students from the Stevens-EPITA dual master’s degree program, Columbia University Alliance Program and Sciences Po – Fudan dual master’s program on global media and communications, and Sciences Po – Fudan dual master’s degree program on Europe, Asia, and global affairs: please follow us on Twitter and Facebook and check our web page periodically for updated news.

During this pause, the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation will reflect, create and renew. 

Generous Donation Received

Generous Donation Received

A French student from the Stevens-EPITA Dual Degree Program just made the very generous and anonymous donation of $9,000 to the 9/11 Scholarship Fund. In these very unsettling times of the COVID-19 virus, forcing us to cancel our annual gala, this gift renews our faith in the human spirit, going to the core of of the foundation’s mission.

Gala Cancelled

We are very concerned about the health and well-being of our students and supporters such as you, your families and friends, in these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, here in New York and around the world. 

Our previously scheduled  15th Annual Awards Ceremony on May 11th is hereby cancelled, keeping in line with “social distancing” guidelines. However, please take this opportunity to make a donation to support our scholars.

Pierre Savary: Scholar-Communicator with a Diplomatic Edge

Pierre Savary: Scholar-Communicator with a Diplomatic Edge

To me, America is in essence the land of willpower,” said Pierre Savary, a 2015-2016 Lohez Foundation Scholar. “This is made visible by symbols such as the Freedom Tower, built in the aftermath of the biggest terrorist attack in US history, where the Twin Towers once represented New York, and it is now the highest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.”

During his undergraduate years at Sciences Po in Paris, Pierre had already had the opportunity to study in the United States, spending a year abroad at the University of California-Berkeley. There he studied in the Departments of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. “I went to UC Berkeley and studied in SIPA’s International Security Concentration,” he said, “to learn more about terrorism from an academic perspective and understand better why some people of my age, sometimes even younger than me, choose the path to violence. In France I got involved in interfaith dialogue activities as a way to promote French society’s cohesion.”

At UC Berkeley, Pierre also discovered California’s culture of creativity and entrepreneurship, where hard work combined to enthusiasm and a vision for the future makes everything possible. “In California I witnessed a sense of faith in the future that today’s Western societies often lack. I understood that fighting extremism is useless without an alternative vision for the world we want to live in, a vision that appeals to all and everyone.”

While completing his dual degree in International Security at Columbia University, Pierre served as an intern at the Consulate General of France in New York City. There, he drafted speeches and other official communications for Consul General Bertrand Lortholary and other diplomatic personnel. It was a position that afforded him special insight into the workings of a diplomatic outpost immersed in the day-to-day issues of foreign relations. After graduation, Pierre spent several weeks training in a military camp in Southern France to become a reserve soldier in the French Army. “As a reserve soldier,” he said, “I will protect tourism sites, but also religious places: churches, synagogues, and mosques.”

Pierre describes himself as very attached to the French concept of laïcité, which ensures that the State treats fairly and equally protects all citizens regardless of their beliefs and religion, and opposes the politicization of religious identities. To him, laïcité is a necessary component of the republican ideal that he wishes to serve through his professional life. “Promoting French society’s unity”, he said, “implies tackling the spread of all perilous ideologies and communitarianism, as well as the rampant inequalities that weaken our social fabric. Social justice is another major component of the Republican and French ideals I believe in.”

Pierre also worked for a while at the French Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Back in Paris, his path also led him briefly to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

In 2019, Pierre was accepted to the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, a grand school training future senior civil servants, which churned out presidents, ambassadors and industry leaders for decades.

2019–2020 Scholars Announced

2019–2020 Scholars Announced

The Jurors of the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2018–2019 scholarship awards. The scholars are:

Laura Ducoulombier, Dual Master’s Degree between Columbia University | SIPA and Sciences Po

Mary Nyone, Master’s Degree of Financial Engineering, Business at Stevens Institute of Technology

Agathe Sadeghi, Master’s Degree of Financial Engineering, Business at Stevens Institute of Technology

Aditya Narayan Sharma, Dual BA Program between Columbia University School of General Studies and Sciences Po

Read their bios here.

2019 Annual Scholarship Awards Gala

2019 Annual Scholarship Awards Gala

The Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation held its annual Awards Gala on May 1st, 2019 at the National Arts Club.

Deputy Consul General Jérôme Henry represented Madame la Consule Générale Anne-Claire Legendre. Francis Dubois served as the charming master of ceremonies and Ms. Diana Wege, founder and board chair of WOVEN (We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now) was the guest of honor. Chams Linkpon generously shot the video, edited by Alouette Communications.

View the video here.