Nine winners were nominated for the “Make the Lozère Shine” scholarship.
For its first edition, the new “Make the Lozère Shine” scholarship was filled with positive energy. This new aid, which the Department has put in place as part of its attractiveness policy, aims to support projects that enhance the territory and increase its notoriety, regardless of the territory. The harvest was fruitful as nine winners were selected.
Nine different projects
A newcomer to Lozère, Valentin Zak fell in love with the region, so much so that he decided to build his future there, in particular by launching his project to create a range of responsible and sustainable accessories for sport fishermen. Objects made of wood composite material of biological or recycled origin and locally produced. His flagship tool? The binder of nylon threads used. For him, the scholarship awarded is 3,500 euros.
Having settled in Lozère for eight years, Patrick Sacleux, a teacher, practiced his profession in the United States and this experience inspired him with a proposal: to market multidisciplinary university stays in rural areas for American students and professors, and to promote Lozère to the American public for “experiential” and university tourism. Lozère would be the only rural destination for this market. The scholarship awarded is € 2,800.
Lou-Anna Reix and her brother Milo grew up on the Causse Méjean. Lou-Anna Reix studied at the Théophile-Roussel high school in Saint-Chély-d’Apcher, in the film industry. Today, the duo want to accomplish sinkholes, which mixes cinema and rap in a four-handed short film about the journey of the neo-rural people who discover life in Lozère and never want to leave. For them, the scholarship awarded is 2,500 euros.
David Bayle represents the TOC (Canine Tour Operator) association. It has existed for a year and offers stays around the practice of dog teaming (dog-mountain bike, dog-scooter, kart). Located in the wilderness, on the Goulet massif, the center will organize its first competition in February 2023. The assigned contribution is € 2,500.
Émilie Carrat, born in Lozère, has a small group of donkeys, who wishes to educate to mediate with people with disabilities, frailties, the elderly or children and adolescents with ADHD (Attention Disorders with or without Hyperactivity). The scholarship awarded is € 1,000.
Robin Defever, a well-known sportsman from Lozère, wants to face an international level race: the difficult summer of Pierra Menta. The scholarship awarded is € 1,000.
Inspired by the documentary that came to shoot in La Parade in 2021, Thimothée Maubrey with his shoulder, Élise Vray, wishes to organize workshops-discussions on democracy in the schools of Lozère. She plans to move to the department shortly. The scholarship awarded is € 1,000.
Tom Folcher, born in Lozère, has in mind and in his hands the idea of designing decorative objects that highlight the Lozère heritage, with authentic products and using recycled materials. The scholarship awarded is € 700.
Nicolas Seguy, also from Lozère, wishes to wear the colors of the Department at the Paris Marathon on 3 April. The scholarship awarded is € 500.
€ 1,000 for a high-level athlete
The jury also received the nomination of an outsider, Floriane Nurit, a high school student at the Creps de Bordeaux in the French badminton pole. La Lozérienne is already a high-level athlete: she is ranked twelfth French player. Her ambition? Access the qualifying tournaments for the 2024 Olympic Games. The Department offers him to receive the aid granted to high-level athletes, which represents a support of € 1,000 renewable over three years, and wishes him the highest podiums.