the nohemi gonzalez scholarship

in memoriam

CSULB student Nohemi Gonzalez, victim of the November 13th, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
A young American woman and a bright student of the Department of Design at the University of Long Beach, Nohemi Gonzalez was among the dozens victims slained by terrorists in Paris on November 13th, 2015. No word can describe the loss of a child, a spouse, a brother or a sister, a mother or a father. Nohemi had come to spend a semester at the Strate School of Design in Paris. Friends and colleagues said "she could barely believe her good fortune to be in the glittering French capital — her first time living in Europe — and had been giddily crisscrossing the city, from the Eiffel Tower to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame."* We hope the Nohemi Gonzalez Sholarship at the Palais Bourbon in Paris will contribute to help future CSULB students achieve their professional objectives. 

Statement from Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47) 

I am so grateful to The French American Fund and the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) for honoring Nohemi Gonzalez with this scholarship. At just 23, Nohemi was taken from the world far too early. As a young CSULB student, she sought to expand her study and understanding of the world around her by studying at the Strate School of Design in Paris. This scholarship will give future CSULB students seeking to study art and design to have the opportunity to study in Paris, following the example that Nohemi sought and strived for herself. 

[In November 2016 as France and the world were commemorating the 2015 attacks that claimed so many innocent lives, Congressman Lowenthal addressed this video message to our audience in Paris.]

a Message from us

Students from around the world should be able to live their lives and to pursue their dreams in a secure and safe world. Violence, intolerance and terrorism have no place in our open societies. The Nohemi Gonzalez Scholarship will be a constant reminder that we strive to live in a world sharing values of tolerance, mutual respect and understanding. 
This program honors the memory of this wonderful young lady who believed in closer ties between America and France. We will welcome the first CSULB California American student this next Fall 2018 at the French Palais-Bourbon for a semester as part-time legislative assistant. The student will also enroll in a course at the renowned Sorbonne-Panthéon University in Paris.

Eva Allouche, Founder of The French American Fund

California State University Long Beach

"Nohemi Gonzalez said it was her dream to study in Paris. Although her study in Paris ended in tragedy, her determination in pursuing that dream serves as an inspiration to other CSULB students. We are honored that The French American Fund has generously created the opportunity for CSULB students to pursue their dream through the Nohemi Gonzalez scholarship at the Palais Bourbon. 

Each fall semester, an exceptional CSULB student will be selected to enroll in coursework at the renowned Sorbonne and take part in a legislative internship at the Palais Bourbon. This tremendous learning experience will be pivotal in the professional lives of the scholarship recipients. Students will have the opportunity to immerse in the language and culture of Paris and learn about the great democratic traditions of the French Republic. At the same time, they will serve as ambassadors, sharing our university's values of inclusive excellence and service to the public good with their friends and colleagues, bringing the French and American peoples closer. We are indebted to The French American Fund for honoring Nohemi and extending this opportunity to our future students". 

Dr. Jeet Joshee
Associate Vice President and Dean
International Education and Global Engagement