Arnold Franco Memorial Scholarship

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 the U.S. for a year.

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Click here to read the description in French. 

Arnold Franco was an insurance executive, philanthropist, WWII veteran, historian, and one of our original board members who served the organization for 53 years. To honor his amazing life and contributions to international education, we've established the Arnold Franco Memorial Scholarship to offer students the opportunity to study abroad. 

Born in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY in 1923, Arnold majored in history at the University of Michigan and then Queens College, graduating with the class of 1943. He then joined the army and was part of a group that landed at Omaha beach. After the war, Arnold opened an insurance brokerage in New York City.

Arnold helped establish Open Door Student Exchange in New York, and helped oversee the merger with Nacel Cultural Exchanges in Minnesota in 1997. He passed away in his home on July 11, 2016, at the age of 92. 

This scholarship is unique, in that it will alternate between a U.S. student attending Notre Dame International High School (NDIHS) in Paris for a semester, and the next year, a French student from NDIHS will come to America with NOD's Academic Year Program (AYP) for two semesters of study. For the 2018-19 school year, this scholarship is open to French students only

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 his kind spirit, fascinating conversations, and the wisdom he shared. We will miss you Arnold!

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