The Alliance Française of Newport recently made the first of three annual scholarship awards to Aquidneck Island high school students who have excelled in their study of French language.  This year’s Portsmouth High School award went to Brynn McKenna, who plans to pursue study of English at Stonehill College this fall.

Marie Martineau, director of the scholarship program, explains: “The Alliance Française of Newport began the tradition of awarding scholarships over sixty years ago.  Four years ago, we were able to reintroduce this program thanks to an active and growing membership.  Today, the scholarships are awarded to students who have excelled in French while in high school; they need not be planning to major or minor in French while in college”.

The Alliance Française of Newport, part of an international organization for over 60 years, is dedicated to the study of the French language and to promoting cultural exchange.  Members of the AFN participate in conversation groups, cultural events such as the French Film Festival, art gallery and museum events, as well as lectures about French history and culture.

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