Two Shippensburg seniors earn awards to study in France

Two Shippensburg University seniors will study in France this summer thanks to prestigious awards they received. 

Anthony Bucher received the Joseph Yedlicka Scholarship from the Pi Delta Phi French honors society and Felicia Franklin received the Benjamin Franklin Grant awarded by the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.  

Bucher’s award, covering travel expenses, tuition, room and board, allows him to travel to Aix-en-Provence to attend classes at the Institute of American Universities College for six weeks while living with a French family.  

Bucher arrived in France in mid-May and will also travel to other European nations before returning to the U.S. Aug. 8 and subsequently to Shippensburg for his final semester. “I received the award via Pi Delta Phi by writing them a letter describing my desire to go see France and sending letters of recommendation from my two professors, Drs. Mitaut and Ragone,” he said. “I am very excited to be lucky enough to receive this scholarship and I'm sure it will be the experience of a lifetime.”

Dr. Blandine Mitaut is an assistant professor of modern languages and Dr. Agnes Ragone is a professor of modern languages. 

Franklin’s award, covering all her travel expenses and the cost of her research, allows double majors to live in and do and research in France. Franklin, a French and criminal justice major, will do research on women in the police force in France during her stay. She will be in France from July 2 to 16 in Boulogne-Sur-Mer. She said she also worked with Mitaut on her grant application, one of 112 reviewed by the organization. 

“I am going to conduct interviews with officers from La Police Nationale and everyday French citizens to obtain their opinions on women in policing,” she said. “Receiving this grant, it means the world to me. I have never been to France, but I have always dreamt of going there since I was a little girl.”