Pineville, LA…Louisiana College sophomore, Mason Hess, from Moreauville, LA, was recently awarded a scholarship by CODOFIL (Consortium on the Development of French in Louisiana) which will allow him to spend part of the summer studying the French language and soaking up the French culture. In July, Hess will travel to Mons, Belgium where he will attend classes at the Université de Mons-Hainaut for three weeks. When not in class, Hess will have the opportunity to experience the culture of the Wallonie-Bruxelles region of Belgium, as well as travel to near-by cities, such as Brussels and Paris. At the end of his time there, Hess will hopefully return to Louisiana to share his experiences with others, thus fulfilling the goal of CODOFIL, which is to preserve the state’s rich French heritage.
A sociology-French double major, Hess was selected from applicants throughout the state to receive the honor and according to his French instructor, Cecile Barnhart; Hess “is a worthy recipient and a dedicated student.”
Part of the criteria for his consideration included completing at least fifteen credit hours of French study which at Louisiana College constitutes a minor in French. He was also required to submit a letter of motivation written in French and conduct an interview in French as well.