Our historical tradition as a sanctuary for immigrants and a place of learning for the deserving is fundamental to our mission. In addition to offering free French Classes on Sunday mornings (see the section under Church Life), we offer our francophone students grants to assist with their educational expenses. Grants are available on a competitive basis to those students that meet certain criteria and have their applications approved by the church committee.
Members of the French Church of St-Esprit who are enrolled in higher education are welcome to apply.
Every year, the number of grants and their amount is decided by the Grant Committee.
Contestants will be required, in good faith, to answer a ten-question multiple-choice test and to write two 200-300 word essays, one in English or French about themselves, and the other in French about the life of a notable immigrant or a topic related to the French Church du Saint-Esprit. Please write these essays before filing an application so you can copy-paste them in the end.
This competition is open to any francophone student, resident of the United States, and a member of the French Church du Saint-Esprit. The application period starts in July of each year and is open until July 31st.
Rules and regulations
Once you have read them, you can apply by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
1.1 To offer a number of grants of multiples of $1000 every year from our funds to help a francophone member of the church for any accredited course.
1.2 (The amount and number of grants will be determined by the committee by the beginning of June, within the limits determined by the Annual Budget approved by the Vestry at the start of the annual cycle.)
1.3 To promote the values and mission of our church without proselytization.
2.1 A member of the church can be any congregation member of any age who has attended at least one of the church activities over the past three months.
2.2 Members can be of any age, applications from minors would have to be managed by a guardian or parent.
2.3 An accredited course can be from any learning institution, school, college or university that leads to a certificate of completion but does not include continuing learning programs.
3 Set out the requirements for the selection procedure.
3.1 Screening multiple choice test to eliminate the “web drifters”. (Ten questions of the type we have used in registration: “When someone is described as bilingual does it mean he/she has two arms? T/F”, “Huguenot immigrants left their homeland on account of their religious persecution? T/F”. “Elon Musk (the founder of Tesla is a first generation immigrant? T/F.)
3.2 Request 200 - 300 word essay in French on (1) either an immigrant (from any country to another and regardless of time in history) who has advanced the field in Science, Humanities or Arts and how this person has inspired you or (2) a topic related to the French Church of St Esprit.
3.3 Request 200 – 300 word essay in French or English on what you plan to do with the grant should you be awarded the prize.
3.4 The most original and well researched essays (as determined by the selection panel) will be awarded the grants.
4.1 The scholarship offer will probably require a dedicated landing section on our web site and invite attendees of our church to apply. Further promotion will be in the bulletin and possibly email blasts.
5 Management of the program
5.1 A committee will determine the number and amount of the grants depending on monies available, preferably by early June.
5.2 The committee make the final decision on the X winners of the scholarship, X being the number of grants finally determined to be available. The grant will be in the amount of Y, where Y is either $1000 or a multiple thereof.
5.3 The members of committee cannot be related to any of the applicants and would have to recuse themselves from the decision in the event of possible nepotism.
5.4 Applicants can apply year after year. It is likely that the committee will give preference to new applicants.
5.5 There is no obligation by the committee to allocate all the grants available.
5.6 The Committee may request the assistance of other members of the Vestry to read submissions and determine the winners.
5.7 The funds would be from a dedicated rolling fund in the annual budget.
6.1 Suggested roll out in June - July (the first year will be 2017).
6.2 Marketing year-round but with a concerted push June to July, to coincide with Bastille Day. Announcements to be made on the website, the bulletins and possibly on an email blast.
6.3 Receive applications until end July.
6.4 Scholarship granted and announced on Rentrée Sunday in a ceremony at the church which the winner would be expected to attend and accept to be part of the ongoing marketing campaign.
7 Administration of funds
7.1 Committee meets before early June to determine the number of and size of grants. Applications will be received until end July.
7.2 The committee reviews submissions and makes a final decision by end of July.
7.3 The funds will be sent to the Bursar of the school at which the recipient of the grant is registered for the sole use of the winner of the grant. If, after all due diligence is performed, this is not possible, a personal check will be written.