AXA and Sciences Po Launch Henri de Castries Scholarship

in the United States, a leader in providing life insurance and annuity
products, and Sciences
, France’s leading university in the social sciences, today
announced the Henri de Castries Scholarship, a new merit-based
scholarship for students studying in a dual-country Bachelor of Arts
program connecting France and America.

The scholarship is named for Henri de Castries, Chairman and CEO of AXA
Group. It builds on De Castries’ and AXA’s long standing commitment to
promoting and strengthening the cultural connections of the American and
French people. De Castries is an alumnus of the French-American Young
Leaders program and was awarded the “California Gold Award” in 2001 by
the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, recognizing
leaders whose vision and dedication foster French-American business

“AXA is proud to announce the Henri de Castries Scholarship and provide
students with the opportunity to gain an international perspective
through a multicultural learning experience,” said Mark Pearson,
director, president, and CEO of AXA Financial. “We are excited to honor
Henri’s legacy as AXA’s outgoing CEO and strengthen French-American ties
while helping to train the future leaders of our increasingly globalized

The $260,000 donation, endowed by AXA in the US to the US Sciences Po
Foundation, will provide students with an annual scholarship of $10,000.
Students enrolling in either of the dual bachelor’s degree programs at Sciences
Po-Columbia University
or Sciences
Po-University of California, Berkeley
may apply for the Henri de
Castries Scholarship.

is a world-class university driven forward by its international
dimension for more than 140 years. It partners with 470 universities,
including 80 American universities, and offers its students 43 dual
degree programs, including two dual Bachelor’s degree programs with
Berkeley and Columbia. Both programs include two years of study at a
Sciences Po campus in France, followed by two years of study at the
Columbia or Berkeley campuses.

“Alongside AXA, we are very pleased to offer students of all origins the
opportunity to take part in an outstanding academic and cross-cultural
experience in France and in the USA. This scholarship will help
reinforce our commitment to diversity and complete Sciences Po’s array
of financial aid for students,” said Francis Vérillaud, Vice President
of Sciences Po.

The first Henri de Castries Scholarship will be awarded in 2017 and will
continue to be offered on an annual basis. For more information on
eligibility, application and selection process, visit

About AXA

“AXA” (also referred to as “AXA US”) is a brand name of AXA
Equitable Financial Services
, LLC and its family of companies,
including AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY), MONY Life
Insurance Company of America (AZ stock company, administrative office:
Jersey City, NJ), AXA Advisors, LLC, and AXA Distributors, LLC. In
business since 1859, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company is a leading
financial protection company and one of the nation’s premier providers
of life
and annuity
products distributed to individuals and business owners through its
retail distribution channel, AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) and
to the financial services market through its wholesale distribution
channel, AXA Distributors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC)

(also referred to as “AXA Group”) is a Paris-headquartered
holding company for a group of international insurance and financial
services companies, including AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC
companies. AXA S.A. is a worldwide leader in financial protection
strategies and wealth management with 103 million clients in 64
countries as of Dec. 31, 2015. AXA S.A. has been ranked the No. 1
insurance brand in the world by Interbrand
for seven consecutive years as of Oct. 5, 2015.

The obligations of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and MONY Life
Insurance Company of America are backed solely by their claims-paying
ability. Find AXA on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.
For more information, visit

About Sciences Po

Founded in 1872, Sciences Po is France’s leading research university in
the social sciences. Sciences Po offers degrees at the undergraduate,
graduate and executive education levels, and 43 dual degree programmes
with its network of 470 partner universities.

Today, half of Sciences Po’s 13,000 students are international and
represent 150 nationalities. Education at Sciences Po is
multidisciplinary, multilingual and outward looking. It also places
great emphasis on professional exposure. Following completion of their
degree, 87% of graduates are hired within six months of graduation and
38% start their career abroad. Sciences Po sets a high standard for
social responsibility, and plays a pioneering role in the promotion of
diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Sciences Po has an
array of financial aid for students of all origins, and 30% of the
student body hold a scholarship. For more information on Sciences Po:

About US Sciences Po Foundation

Established in 2009, the US Sciences Po Foundation is a Delaware-based
501 (c) (3) organization the purpose of which is to increase awareness
of Sciences Po in the United States, and thereby cultivate a U.S.-based
platform of philanthropic support.


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