A scholarship will be awarded for study at the University Sainte Anne, located in Church Point (Pointe-de-L’Eglise), Nova Scotia (Nouvelle-Ecosse), Canada. Applications are open to all Vermilion Parish resident high school students and will be for the 2010 summer five-week French immersion session, from July 4 to August 7, 2010. The scholarship will cover tuition, books, room, board and side trips provided through the program ($2,950). Students must be at least age 15 at the time of attending the program and will be required to speak French throughout their attendance in the program. Students will be responsible for travel expenses to Sainte Anne University and for personal expenses. Recipients will be required to provide up to 30 volunteer hours at the Acadian Centre Acadien and/or the Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance Centre upon their return from attending the program (to be completed by 12/31/2010).
The French Immersion Program helps the student gain a working knowledge of the French language through the immersion process. The student who completes the suggested curriculum is considered able to function in French. For more information on the summer program applicants can go to the http://www.usainteanne.ca website.
Since 2007 the scholarship program has sent eight students to study French in Nova Scotia. Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance President, Lloyd Doré III, stated that the scholarships have provided a unique experience and helped expand the student’s understanding of their Acadian heritage.
The Acadian Center Acadien maintains an impressive photo and information exhibit, featuring displays of artwork and other mementos chronicling the saga of Le Grand Dérangement, the expulsion of Acadian families from Nova Scotia in 1755, many of whom settled in Louisiana. A video theater is available for educational viewing on topics such as the Acadian culture, local history and other videos related to the heritage of the Acadian people and this area.
Applications for the French Immersion Program scholarship can be obtained by calling the Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance (Museum & Art Gallery) at 898-4114 or Lloyd Doré III at 893-5400 or L3Dore@doretax.com. Applications will be due by January 4th, 2010, with interviews held in January.
The Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance (Museum & Art Gallery) is located in the Vermilion Parish War Memorial Building (200 North Magdalen Square), in historical downtown Abbeville. The Alliance Centre Museum is open on Tuesday & Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM and Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information please call 337/898-4114. The Alliance is a non-profit tax-exempt organization.