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France on Campus Awards 2021-2022 - Results

French and francophone culture is thriving on U.S. university campuses with the help of the nation-wide France on Campus Awards, launched in 2015. 

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy established the France on Campus Awards in partnership with TV5 Monde in order to discover, celebrate and support student-led projects that explore and promote French culture in new and creative ways. The award is granted to student organizations and provides a unique package of funding, mentorship and networking. With this support, awardees expose new audiences to French culture on campus and beyond. 

Following a call for applications until Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, three projects showcasing various aspects of French culture in the fields of Visual Arts, Culture, Food, History, Performance and Music were selected.  

The first prize of $2,000 was awarded to the French and Francophone Club student officers at Pasadena City College who are hosting a two-day symposium next March 2022, exploring cultural diversity in the French-speaking world. Invited guest speakers of the Caribbean Francophone culture will have open dialogues on their experiences through presentations, a virtual creole art exhibition, cooking workshop and live jazz performance. 

The two other finalist teams presented creative and diverse proposals. The second prize of $1,000 goes to Rice University’s historical journey through French music and art. The France Interest Group proposes an online presentation of student performances from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music exclusively featuring French compositions. This presentation, scheduled for April 2022, will blend musical performance, art history and French history in an innovative way.  The goal is to awaken the curiosity of a large number of students to French art (music, literature, painting) and is part of the larger project of an extension of the Rice campus in Paris. 

The third prize of $500 was awarded to Florida international University who chose to examine Perceptions and Misperceptions of France. Next February 14th, the team at Le Cercle Français will conduct several interviews with FIU’s student community and tackle clichés about France. The survey results will be published on May 14, 2022.  

They have also been assigned a mentor from the Cultural Services who is assisting and advising them at each step of the project’s development. Each team will also receive an award certificate signed by the Cultural upon completion of the project. 

This program presents an excellent opportunity for university students to work hand in hand with the Cultural Services and its partners to develop and enhance French culture on campus.  

Francophile filmmaker Wes Anderson, a great supporter of the program, inspired students to participate with the following words: "Bring the spirit of French culture to your school! The France on Campus Award is an invitation to explore your creativity and to take on ambitious and original projects. Now is your chance! Seize this opportunity!