Michel David-Weill Scholarship

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship is named after its founder, a graduate of Sciences Po and until May 2005, the Chairman of Lazard LLC, President and Managing Director of Lazard Frères Banque, and Partner and President of Maison Lazard SAS.

The Michel David-Weill Foundation has established a scholarship of excellence to attract the best and brightest American students to pursue their postgraduate education at Sciences Po in Paris. The scholarship is awarded every year to one American student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement. Candidates are selected on the basis of their literary and scholastic accomplishments, their capacity to analyze critically, their character, instincts to lead, and their commitment to community – local or global.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship carries a monetary value of $80,000 spanning two years of study and covers the full cost of enrollment at Sciences Po, including tuition and fees, housing, books and other living/travel expenses. The Scholarship has an endowment of $1.5 million.

To date, six scholarships have been awarded: to Samuel Miles, Benjamin Schenkel, Katherine Jinyi Li, Xavier Flory, Eric Falcon and Emily de la Bruyère.

Michel David-Weill Scholarship Spotlight

Xavier Flory is the 2014 scholarship recipient, selected unanimously by the Scholarship Committee from among four finalists. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Italian and History. Thanks to the Michel David-Weill he is able to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Science at Sciences Po. Xavier hopes that his love of challenges, combined with Sciences Po’s interdisciplinary education approach, will lead him to become an informed voice for diplomacy at the US Department of State. The Scholarship Committee is confident he will have a great impact on the international stage in the near future.

“I am deeply honored and excited to be named the 2014 Michel David-Weill laureate. The scholarship will allow me to broaden the scope of my studies and delve into political science and international relations at a school renowned for its excellence in those fields. The interdisciplinary focus of the program combined with my own love of French history and culture makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity. Although I am not sure where my path will lead me, I hope always to be guided by the principles of multiculturalism, tolerance, and excellence that Michel David-Weill exemplifies.” – Xavier Flory, 2014 laureate

Eric Flacon, the 2015 Michel David-Weill Scholarship laureate, speaks French fluently, a skill that was honed while partaking in a yearlong study abroad program in Rennes, France offered by his high school. In addition to his academic pursuits, Eric has a passion for theatrical design work and technical production – a skill seen in his work with the Theater Department’s production of The Producers.
It was while interning for the U.S. Embassy to Belgium in Brussels one summer that Eric was inspired to study the challenges of implementing foreign policy in Europe. Influenced by his political experience abroad and coupled with his academic focus on the European Union, Eric ultimately hopes to intensively study all aspects of the EU particularly in a participating country, namely France.
At Sciences Po, Eric hopes to further understand the reality of working in and with the EU. He is also excited at the opportunity to pursue an internship at a government institution in the fourth semester of the Master’s program. This unique opportunity would afford him the international experience needed to excel at his career goal of working for the State Department where he hopes to bring an informed transatlantic point of view.
When asked about his plan to pursue his graduate studies at Sciences Po, Eric said:

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to return to France to continue my studies of the European Union at Sciences Po, thanks to the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. This experience will undoubtedly be an excellent starting point for what I hope to be a career serving on both sides of the Atlantic in the interest of improving and strengthening US- EU political, economic, and strategic relations. What excites me most about the Master in European Affairs program at Sciences Po is that it brings together students and faculty from all across the EU to Paris. I look forward to learning from their diverse perspectives and their extensive, first-hand expertise in European politics".