€3,500 grant for future students with a scientific profile

Starting January 15, the Anna and Frédéric Potter Endowment Fund is launching a new round of scholarship applications for the most talented high school students who want to start scientific training this year, but cannot easily afford it. Created in 2019 by Anne and Frédéric Potter, this fund aims to help students from modest backgrounds encourage them to study in preparatory classes and then in engineering school. In 2020 and 2021, it has already awarded a number of grants and supported young talents in their projects.

Equal access to education for all

Access to higher education remains unequal, mainly due to social origin (only 7% of science prep students come from working-class families) or geographic location (only 9.5% of university graduates are located in cities with 20 to 100,000 inhabitants).
The goal of the Potter Fund is therefore to achieve higher education accessible to everyone by awarding scholarships to talented students who do not have sufficient funds to implement their study project. The fund thus follows the recommendation of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, which in 2019 asked Grandes Ecoles to develop their social openness and facilitate access to gifted students of any origin.
“State scholarships are not enough to cover all the costs necessary to study in preparatory classes. However, in these selective courses, you need to be in the best condition to have the given ability integrate large schools. We want to contribute to remove the financial obstacle which can prevent a great student from getting into the best prep classes,” says Frédéric Potter. “Preparatory classes are a great springboard for young scientific talents, which we need more than ever to be able to face societal challenges. We hope that with this device unleash the ambitions of motivated and talented young girls and boys ” adds Anne Potter.

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Conditions that must be met to receive a scholarship

To apply for 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 page. After online selection and individual interviews, winners will be awarded a personalized scholarship. Quantity the scholarship is calculated according to personal situation and daily expenses each student (housing, transport, food, etc.)

What does the scholarship holder benefit from? Opinions of previous scholarship holders

The 27 scholarsfrom the first two actions supported by the fund, so she profited from scholarships in the average amount of €3,500. They incorporated some renowned preparatory classeslike Thomas, originally from Gaillac, who entered the Marcelin Berthelot high school in St Maur des Fossés in the MPSI sector and who testifies: “The Potter Foundation gave me real psychological support, especially in relation to not going there. you don’t have to worry about financial worries”.
Audrey, winner from Val-de-Marne, currently a student at Louis Le Grand, adds: “The Frédéric Potter Fund really helped me in my orientation. We had many discussions during the selection of the Parcoursup. I hesitated when choosing a school and decided after a discussion with the fund. Today I do not regret my decision. Fortunately, they helped me, for that I thank them in addition to the financial help.”

Registration files for scholarships are filled out on the page from from January 15, 2022 to April 3, 2022.

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