Arnold Franco Memorial Scholarship

Enhance Your Global Perspective & Cultural Understanding While Studying In France in the Fall of 2019!

Nacel Open Door is pleased to offer this scholarship opportunity for American and French students (grades 10-12), in alternating years, who want to study in France for a semester or in the U.S. for a year. In memory of Nacel Open Door board member Arnold Franco, we are excited to offer an opportunity of a lifetime. This year, one scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying American student to study in France for the Fall 2019 Semester.

     Arrival date:  September 3, 2019
     Departure date:  January 25, 2020

     Toissaint vacation:  October 19-November 3
     Christmas vacation:  December 21-January 5

Scholarship Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare to Paris, with chaperoned airport transfers
  • Boarding with a pre-screened French host family or dormitory stay
  • Books, fees, and tuition at Notre-Dame International High School, Verneuil-sur-Seine, France

Who Can Apply:
Scholarship open to all American students currently in grades 9-11 who are interested in living and studying in France in the Fall of 2019. No French language requirement!

How To Apply:
Download and complete the application.

Submit your application by mail to:
     Nacel Open Door,
     101 5th St East, Suite 1900,
     St. Paul, MN 55101

or via email to

Along with your completed application form, please provide a typed essay on how you would use this opportunity, and a copy of your official transcripts.

Submission Deadline: March 15th, 2019              

Arnold Franco

Arnold  Franco, an original Nacel Open Door board member, helped establish Open Door Student Exchange in New York, and helped oversee the merge with Nacel Cultural Exchanges in Minnesota in 1997. An insurance  executive, philanthropist, war veteran and historian, Arnold served our organization for 53 years.

Born in the Richmond Hill area of Queens, New York in 1923, Arnold studied history at the University of Michigan and Queens College, graduating with the class of 1943. Selected for the Army Specialized Training Program, he was trained in code breaking at Ving Hills Farm Station in Virginia before joining the Third Radio Squadron, a mobile unit designed to decode German Air Force messages for the Ninth U.S. Air Force in Europe. His section landed on Omaha Beach after the invasion of France, took part in the break out from Normandy and took over the Eiffel Tower during the Liberation of Paris for use as a grand radio antenna. At war’s end, Arnold returned to New York and in 1946 founded Franco & Son, an insurance brokerage, which became affiliated with Frenkel & Co. in 1998.

A passionate historian, Arnold wrote “Code to Victory,” the first book written on WWII mobile intelligence units, as well as numerous articles for military and historical journals. In the 1980’s, he established history scholarships at Richmond Hill High School and Queens College, and in 2007 funded a colloquium at Queens College on historical revisionism. On November 11, 2006, he dedicated the Arnold C. and Beverly Franco WWII Memorial, a monument to honor the 1,100 Queens College students who  fought in WWII. Arnold was made a Chevalier of the French Legion  d’Honneur in 2005, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Honoris  Causa by Queens College in 2000, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He was  a longtime member of the Harmonie Club in New York. Arnold was pre-deceased by his wife,  Beverly Rosenberg, who died in 2013, and is survived by his four children, and three grandchildren.

Nacel Open Door, its Board members, and staff are grateful to Arnold Franco for his years of dedication, generosity, and support. Those who knew him, loved him for the kind person he was, the  conversations we had with him, and the wisdom he shared.

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