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"Passport to a Master's" Scholarships Awarded

The UPMC Foundation has once again awarded “Passport for a Master’s” scholarships at Pierre and Marie Curie University. These UPMC scholarships are funded by Safran, the French aerospace, defense and security group.


For the second consecutive year, Jean Chambaz, president of UPMC, Nicolas Crespelle, president of the UPMC Foundation and Jean-Luc Bérard, director of human resources at Safran, have awarded the "Passport for a Master’s" scholarships to three freshman students. The specificity of these scholarships, € 3,375 per quarter, is to ensure financial support for five years—the time needed to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Moreover, Safran employees who have themselves been students at UPMC, will mentor each scholarship student, and support them throughout the five years as they define and refine their career plans.

Last year, Sacha Benayoun, Dylan Mermoud and Sara Mermoud were the first to benefit from the "Passport for a Master’s". This year, Celia Mahamdi, Gwenael Le Gallic-Ortais and Adrien Polide will benefit from this passport to success. All three of this year’s Passport students achieved their baccalaureate with honors and presented their study project t and professional project to the selection committee.

These scholarships ensure that these remarkable future graduates can calmly study with the assurance of their financial autonomy. For the university's president, Jean Chambaz, this is a "strong action towards making equal opportunity and the access to scientific studies a right for everyone."

Celia Mahamdi said, "In concrete terms, it changes many things. When I was in high school, I had to babysit regularly, which cut into my study time. The university requires a significant amount of work. These scholarships therefore enable me to devote myself exclusively to my studies." Adrien Polide has a similar appreciation of the scholarship, "These grants are an important step towards independence. It enables me to study under good conditions at a great university."