New Student Scholarship to Paris

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New Student Scholarship to Paris

By Patricia Tennison

Next summer, a special person will write in Paris cafes and explore the historic streets of the Marais—the first Paris Café Writing scholarship winner.

The idea started in Chicago, where I have been teaching for 14 years in the Master’s in Written Communication program at National Louis University. The classes are at night, so my students arrive after work. They are teachers, social workers, auto mechanics, military men, grandmothers. For many, they were the first in their family to get a college degree.

While teaching, I often wondered what else I could do to help my Chicago students move forward with their writing lives. At the same time, I created Paris Café Writing—a week to write and take in Paris—after which many participants told me the experience was “life changing.”


Paris Café Writing and National Louis University, Chicago, have teamed to sponsor a scholarship for an NLU graduate writing student to attend one of the spring or summer Paris Café Writing seminars.

It’s a dream that I’m very excited to put into motion.

I am donating the first $1,350. This is the fee for a week of Paris Café Writing. It includes the group writing sessions, a private writing review, seven lunches or dinners, three breakfasts, a walking tour, a jazz concert, and a few surprises.

But the award-winning student (more details on the NLU website) will need more help than that. Here is where you come in.

Donations through the university to the Paris Café Writing Scholarship fund are tax deductible. Our goal for the 2015 Paris Café Writing Scholarship is $4,000 (including my donation) but any amount will help. Here are some ideas of what your donation could help buy:
round-trip flight, Chicago to Paris
one night in a hotel and a nice dinner
a first-time U.S. passport and a pair of good walking shoes
a two-day museum pass, a scarf, and a cafe au lait every day
two taxis, to/from Charles de Gaulle airport
a carry-on luggage
a top-notch Parisian dinner
entrance to the Louvre and a simple lunch
a bunch of Metro tickets and a T-shirt from rue Rivoli
really good chocolates
a book from Shakespeare and Company

To make your tax-deductible donation, click HERE
We need to announce the amount of the scholarship by Dec. 31, 2014, so please do it before you forget.
Thank you very much.

Patricia Tennison, director

The photos: No, these are not scholarship winners—we don’t have our first one yet! Barbara of Florida (left) and Stylicia of South Carolina were two of the Paris Café Writing participants in June 2014, and they agreed to lend their faces to a good cause.

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