Christopher Meyer (1980-2009) was an outstanding member of Abbey Road’s French Homestay Summer Programs Staff in 2002 and 2003. Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, Chris never allowed himself to be defined by his illness. Among his many accomplishments, Chris finished his B.A. in art history at Stanford and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. In 2004, he graduated from Stanford with a M.A. in Humanities. He was a research assistant at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
He was credited in two museum publications for his research. In 2005, he began a Ph.D. program in art history at Harvard and received a Harvard Presidential Fellowship. He also received a Mellon Fellowship that year. While at Harvard, he completed his coursework, acted as a teaching fellow, submitted his qualifying paper, received a Getty summer fellowship in 18th Century Studies, participated in a Pulitzer Conference on contemporary art and completed his orals.
Chris brought his perseverance, commitment to learning, his positive life outlook and his sense of fun to Abbey Road. He took great pleasure in teaching and advising our students. Abbey Road is honored to commemorate Chris’ passion for learning through the Chris Meyer Memorial French Scholarships. Awarded to outstanding students of French Language and Culture, Abbey Road offers one full (tuition paid) and one partial (50% of tuition paid) scholarship to Abbey Road’s 4-week French Homestay and Immersion Program in St-Laurent, France.
Abbey Road welcomes any student aged 14-18 who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular performance in the fields of French language and culture to apply. A competitive G.P.A, passion for the French language and culture demonstrated through school work and projects, involvement in foreign language clubs, events and exchange are all examples of outstanding academic and extracurricular performance.
Instructions for application
Before completing the application, please read the details and requirements related to The Chris Meyer Memorial French Scholarship. Applications, photos, transcripts and personal statements must be uploaded directly to the Abbey Road Programs website. Letters of recommendation and language evaluations must be sent directly from the evaluator/referrer to Abbey Road via e-mail, fax or U.S. post.
Along with your Student Ambassador application, please include a personal statement. Personal statements should be no longer than two pages, doubled spaced in 10 or 12pt Times New Roman font, and include the following information:
Your reasons for applying for a fellowship or scholarship
Academic strengths and challenges
Any applicable internship/leadership/work experience or volunteer activities
Your future academic and career plans, including an explanation of how a fellowship or scholarship and participation in an Abbey Road summer program will support these plans
The reasoning you used to determine your preferred summer program choice
Any other information you feel the Scholarship Committee should know
All applicants are required to upload a recent photograph, taken within the past year, along with their application.
All applicants must upload an official transcript along with their application.
Foreign Language Evaluation
All Chris Meyer Memorial French Scholarship full and partial scholarship applicants must include a Foreign Language Evaluation with the application. The evaluation must be completed by a language teacher who has supervised your work in the French language.
All Chris Meyer Memorial French Scholarship full and partial scholarship applicants are required to submit 1 letter of academic recommendation and 1 personal recommendation. Academic letters of recommendation should be completed by an instructor or advisor who can attest to your academic achievements in the past 1-2 academic school years in the French language. Personal letters of recommendation should be completed by someone other than the applicant’s immediate relations who can attest to the applicant’s extracurricular and/or community service involvement.
Deadlines for Submission
All applications, personal statements, school transcripts, photos and recommendation letters must be received by Abbey Road Programs prior to April 1. Please follow instructions carefully as incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients and finalists (when applicable) will be notified by the Scholarship Committee by April 15. Scholarship recipients will be given until May 1 to accept or decline their scholarship award.
Please direct all language evaluations and letters of recommendation along with any inquiries to:
Abbey Road Student Ambassador Scholarship Program
8266 Fountain Avenue, Suite B
West Hollywood, CA 90046