Henri de Castries Scholarship

The Henri de Castries Scholarship

The scholarship is named for Henri de Castries, Chairman and CEO of AXA Group.  It builds on De Castries’ and AXA’s long standing commitment to promoting and strengthening the cultural connections of the American and French people.  De Castries is an alum of the French-American Young Leaders program and was awarded the “California Gold Award” in 2001 by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, recognizing leaders whose vision and dedication foster French-American business relations.

AXA is proud to announce the Henri de Castries Scholarship and provide students with the opportunity to gain an international perspective through a multicultural learning experience said Mark Pearson, director, president, and CEO of AXA Financial.

We are excited to honor Henri’s legacy as AXA’s outgoing CEO and strengthen French-American ties while helping to train the future leaders of our increasingly globalized world.

The $260,000 donation, endowed by AXA to the US Sciences Po Foundation, will provide students with an annual scholarship of $10,000.  Students enrolling in either the Sciences Po-Columbia University Dual BA program or the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley University Dual Bachelor’s degree program may apply for the Henri de Castries Scholarship. 

The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis.

Eligibility, Application and Selection Process

  • Eligibility: American or French national, admitted at Sciences Po’s dual BA with Columbia University or Berkeley University (entering Sciences Po as a first year student or current 1st year student, going into 2nd year)
  • Application:  Applicants will submit materials to the US Sciences Po Foundation (scholarship@usscpo.org) including a completed application information form, a personal statement describing academic and other interest (1,500 words), a personal statement explaining motivation for a dual Franco-American program (1,500 words)
  • Selection Committee: the Henri de Castries Scholarship will be awarded by a Selection Committee composed of one executive of Axa, one representative of the US Sciences Po Foundation and one representative of Sciences Po
  • Timing: applicants will apply by May 1, annually

 Contact: centre.ameriques@sciencespo.fr

Laureate Spotlight

Alexandra Oh is the first laureate of the Henri de Castries Scholarship.

After only a few weeks at Sciences Po she

"has already fallen in love with the the campus and the city. My first week here was the “Integration Week” which consisted of an academic and a social orientation. On the academic side, we simulated a global conference on food and represented different countries, companies, and other major players. We held round-table discussions and lively debates in an attempt to write a resolution on the future of food and sustainability. It was my first time experiencing such a conference, and I was drawn in by everyone’s infectious passion and energy. It really set the stage for the welcoming, intellectual, and outspoken community here at Sciences Po. On the social end, the Bureau des Eleves arranged parties, picnics, and even a “Civil War” where the second year’s put us through our paces. Both years participated throughout the week and I made some great connections with my classmates."