Awards & Scholarships

Jerome LohezThe Jérôme Lohez September 11th Scholarship Foundation was established in November 2005, in honor of Jérôme Robert Lohez, a French citizen who perished in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on September 11, 2001.

Jérôme was born on Jan. 3, 1971, in La Garenne Colombes, Hauts de Seine in France. He spent his childhood and adolescence in city of Lille, and in the French regions Alsace and Bourgogne.

Jérôme received his secondary and higher education in Science and Technology in Alsace. He later studied Computer Science at École pour L’informatique et les Techniques Avancees (EPITA) (College of Computer Science and Advanced Technologies), graduating in 1994. That year, Jérôme came to the United States as an exchange student, and graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, with a Master of Science degree in computer science.

The American entrepreneurial spirit caught the young Jérôme’s attention. He first stayed in the United States while working for a start-up company. His hard work, intelligence, excellent work-ethic and team spirit were quickly recognized, and his talent launched his career. He was soon hired by Sun Microsystems as a software architect.

It was Jérôme’s extraordinary reputation at Sun Microsystems that led the executives of NexxtHealth, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield, to handpick him as the senior technology infrastructure architect for their firm. Jérôme and his team were scheduled to release a new product on Sept. 11, 2001. This product “would have been a breakthrough in the [health insurance] industry,” a NexxtHealth executive says.

Prior to the creation of the foundation, Ms. Dening Lohez and friends set up the Jérôme Lohez Memorial Scholarship Award at the Stevens Institute of Technology, which became part of the school’s endowment fund managed by Stevens. The foundation is now independent.



Alumni Profiles and Updates

Pierre Savary: Scholar-Communicator with a Diplomatic Edge - “To me, America is in essence the land of courage,” said Pierre Savary, a 2015-2016 Lohez Foundation Scholar. “American bravery is made visible by symbols such as the Freedom Tower, built in the aftermath of the biggest terrorist attack in
Soliman Elcheikh: International Young Leader in the Making - Soliman Elcheikh is currently a dual-degree undergraduate at Columbia University. Though he arrived for the first time in the United States from France in September 2015, he had read a lot about the country in books and daily newspapers, and
Camille Andrieu Awarded the 2016 Claude Erignac Prize - Camille Andrieu, a 2014 Jerome Lohez 9/11 Foundation Scholar, has received the 2016 Claude Erignac Prize for her project, SoMaire. Camille was presented with the award, which carries a value of up to 8,000 euros, by Gérard Larcher, the president
Roxane Cassehgari: An Aryeh Neier Fellow Focused on International Human Rights - Roxane Cassehgari, a 2012 Lohez 9/11 Foundation Scholar, has been named an Aryeh Neier Fellow at the Open Society Justice Initiative, a program of the Open Society Foundations. This distinguished two-year fellowship provides practical work experience to expand the capacity of young lawyers and advocates working internationally on human rights issues.
Hélène Franchineau: International Multimedia Journalist without Borders - A 2010 recipient of the Lohez 9/11 Foundation Scholarship, Hélène Franchineau is currently living an extraordinary life as a French journalist working in China. As part of her journey from Paris to Beijing, Hélène started learning Chinese at 15 years old, and after traveling to China alone at the age of 16, she knew that she wanted to work and live there one day.