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Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France Sponsor renews its support for the “Passport for the Olympics” scholarship program

On October 4, 2022, the Sorbonne University Foundation was pleased to welcome the Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France Sponsors to Sorbonne University for the celebration of the renewal of their support for the Foundation's Passport to the Olympic Games scholarship program.

The event provided an opportunity to meet the new class of athletes supported by the program this year. At the gathering, Guillaume Vanthuyne, Chairman of Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France, represented its endowment fund, directors and employees, including Nathalie Mourlon, Deputy General Manager, several of the sports federations present and INSEP.

Nathalie Drach-Temam, President of Sorbonne University, and Barthélémy Jobert, President of the Sorbonne University Foundation, were also on hand for the festivities to talk about support for top-level sport at Sorbonne University and the Sorbonne University Foundation's Passport scholarship program.

For the past three years, the Foundation's “Passport for the Olympics” scholarship program has been able to count on the support of Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France Sponsorship to give Sorbonne University's top athletes greater financial autonomy. It enables them to supplement their sports training with specialized internships or to finance part of their registration fees for various sporting competitions.

Since the creation of our endowment fund 10 years ago, our mission has been to support the heritage and exceptional young talents of the Paris region. These young athletes have two years to achieve the goals of sporting and academic excellence they have set for themselves; to train and to be supported by the formidable teams of Sorbonne University and its foundation. Our dearest wish is that as many of them as possible will be thrilling us in 2024. The Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France teams will be following their progress with great interest and will be behind them to encourage them.

Guillaume Vanthuyne, Chairman of Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France and its endowment fund

Since the program was launched in 2018, already 12 Sorbonne University high-level sports students have benefited from this financial support, which facilitates their path to sport and academic excellence. Today, three of them as well as 8 new students have been selected to receive this scholarship, and they were congratulated at the event. "We hope that this new class will be able to realize their Olympic dream," said Solenne Couraye du Parc, Director of the Sorbonne University Foundation.

A total of 11 students are being supported this year, selected for their academic excellence and their sporting prowess:

  • Lisa Barbelin, chemistry student and archer

  • Thomas Chirault, Polytech Sorbonne engineering student and archer

  • Mélodie Richard, molecular and cellular biology student and archer

  • Romane Dicko, mathematics student and judoka

  • Margot Lambert, mechanical engineering student and badminton player

  • Prithika Pavade, science and nature student and table tennis player

  • Maxime Pianfetti, mathematics student and fencer

  • Alice Recher, art history student and fencer

  • Kehli Zohra, international relations student and fencer

  • Yanis Meziane, Polytech-Sorbonne engineering student and athlete

  • Eve Planeix, psychomotricity student and artistic swimmer

The Sorbonne University Foundation will be keeping a close eye on their progress, hoping to see this new class shine in Paris in 2024.

Crédits photos : Yves Forestier

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