The American Library in Paris Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund helps connect people in need with Library resources and services. Through sponsoring annual memberships, you can help individuals and families with official refugee status in France and other students in need gain access to our collection of 100,000 books and magazines; digital resources; comfortable, quiet study spaces; programs for children, teens, and adults; and research assistance.

To help identify prospective scholarship recipients, the Library will partner with organizations that aid a range of recent refugees, many of whom speak English and are eager to access English materials and resources to aid their studies and career placement. Current partners include the Association Pierre Claver and the AAWE Community Wide Refugee Task Force.

Partners

The Association Pierre Claver was established in 2008 with a model for refugee integration that focused on accepting them as they are, but also making them French. The school accepts 120 individuals with official refugee status each semester and offers them intensive 6-month French language and culture classes. 

The AAWE Community Wide Refugee Task Forcefounded in 2016, provides a forum for cross-organizational connections. Participants include AAWE, Every Child is a Gem, Compassion Without Borders, Association Pierre Claver, FAWCO, the American Church in Paris, and the American Cathedral of Paris, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Paris. 

The American Library in Paris will partner with the Association Pierre Claver and the AAWE Refugee Community Wide Task Force to identify students and families who would most benefit from membership to the Library for early childhood development, academic studies, and career advancement.

Scholarship Fund Eligibility

Sponsored memberships may be offered throughout the year. Eligible recipients include the following:

  • Individuals with official refugee or asylum status in France.
  • Children and teens of individuals with official refugee or asylum status in France.
  • K-12 (CP-Terminale) students in Paris based on need and /or merit.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact External Relations Manager Pauline Lemasson at lemasson@americanlibraryinparis.org.

How to support the Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund is part of the mission of the Library to expand our resources and programs to populations in need. The Fund requires donations in order to offer no-cost annual memberships to eligible individuals. You can support the Scholarship Fund in the following ways:

  • Sponsor an annual family membership for an eligible family (donation value: 205€)
  • Sponsor an annual membership for an eligible individual (donation value: 135€)
  • Sponsor an annual student (ages 12-25) membership (donation value: 100€)
  • Sponsor an annual youth (children under 12) membership (donation value: 80€)
  • Make a donation of any amount towards the Scholarship Fund
  • Organize an event at your school or organization to benefit the Scholarship Fund*

* If you would like to organize an event at your school or organization to benefit the Scholarship Fund, please contact External Relations Manager Pauline Lemasson at lemasson@americanlibraryinparis.org.

Donations can be made by credit card (in person, with an on-line option available soon) or check in euros (or dollars) payable to The American Library in Paris and mailed to:

The American Library in Paris Scholarship Fund
c/o The American Library in Paris
10 rue du Général Camou
75007 Paris

The American Library in Paris is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an organisme d’intérêt général for French tax purposes. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged with a tax receipt. Donors to the Scholarship Fund will be acknowledged in the Library’s Annual Report.