From January 15, the Anne and Frédéric Potter endowment fund is launching a new round of applications for a scholarship for the most gifted high school students who wish to start their scientific training this year, but who cannot easily afford it. This fund, created in 2019 by Anne and Frédéric Potter, aims to help students from modest backgrounds to encourage them to study in preparatory classes and then in engineering school. In 2020 and 2021, it has already awarded numerous grants and supported young talents in their projects.
Equal access to education for all
Access to higher education remains unequal, in particular because of social origin (only 7% of students in scientific preparatory classes come from working-class families) or geographical location (only 9.5% of higher education graduates are found in towns of 20 to 100,000 inhabitants).
The objective of the Potter fund is therefore to make higher education accessible to everyone by awarding scholarships to talented students who do not have sufficient means to carry out their study project. The fund thus follows the recommendation of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, which in 2019 asked the Grandes Ecoles to develop their social openness and facilitate access to gifted students of all origins. social.
“State scholarships are not enough to cover all the costs necessary for studies in preparatory classes. However, in these selective courses, you have to be in the best conditions to have the ability to integrate the big schools. We want to contribute to remove the financial obstacle which can prevent a brilliant student from joining the best preparatory classes,” says Frédéric Potter. “The preparatory classes are a great springboard for young scientific talent, which we need more than ever to meet societal challenges. With this device, we hope unleash the ambition of motivated and talented young girls and boys “, adds Anne Potter.
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Conditions to be met to obtain the scholarship
To claim a grant from the fund, applicants must submit a online file. These will be studied and selected according to academic and social criteria which you can find on the fund’s website. After the online selection and individual interviews, the winners will be awarded a personalized scholarship. The amount of the scholarship is calculated according to the personal situation and daily expenses of each student (housing, transportation, food, etc.)
What does a scholarship holder benefit from? Opinions of previous scholarship recipients
The 27 scholarship studentsfrom the first two promotions supported by the fund, thus benefited from scholarships of an average amount of 3500€. Some have incorporated renowned preparatory classeslike Thomas, originally from Gaillac who joined the Marcelin Berthelot high school in St Maur des Fossés in the MPSI sector and who testifies: “The Potter endowment fund gave me real psychological support, particularly in relation to the fact that I was not going I don’t have to worry about financial worries”.
Audrey, winner from Val-de-Marne, currently a student at Louis Le Grand adds: “Frédéric Potter’s fund really helped me in my orientation. We had many discussions during the selection of Parcoursup. I hesitated when choosing my school and it was by discussing with the fund that I made my choice. Today I do not regret my decision. Fortunately they helped me, I thank them for that, beyond the financial aid”.
The registration files for the scholarships are to be completed on the site from from January 15, 2022 until April 3, 2022.
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