The Henri Cardinaux Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of a man who was one of the founders of the Sonoma Chambolle-Musigny Sister Cities Inc. (Chamson), serving as both its President and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Cardinaux was born in Paris, but moved with his parents to Morocco at the age of seven. Returning to France to attend a military academy, he then served in the French army during the Second World War. He and his wife (who had remained in Morocco during the war) emigrated to the United States in 1948. Henri Cardinaux was an outstanding man who won the admiration and respect of everyone who knew him. His charming and warm personality, great sense of humor, integrity, devotion to family and friends, and his brilliant intellect made a lasting impression on his colleagues and acquaintances. Through his nearly 50 years in the United States, Mr. Cardinaux was proud of his French heritage and his American citizenship. His life is truly an inspiration.
The award is intended for students who are applying to study abroad during the upcoming academic year. Students must either be a permanent resident of Sonoma County or be attending a college or university in Sonoma County at the time of application. In addition, applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to communicate adequately in the French language. The student’s career objectives should be related to the fields of viticulture, enology, culinary arts, or other profession/vocation for which exposure to the French culture would be relevant. The scholarship committee will make the award based upon scholastic and work records, and a career objective that can be most fully and effectively realized by immersion in the French culture. The student’s GPA should be 3.0 or higher. An interview may be required. Forms are available from Sara Golightly in the Scholarship Office, or from Professor Suzanne Toczyski, Modern Languages & Literatures, Stevenson 3016G. The recipient will receive a financial award of $2000 to be used for transportation costs and other expenses. Upon returning, the recipient will be asked to give an oral review at a CHAMSON meeting in order to acquaint members with personal details of the experience.