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The Francis Bouygues Foundation

Master 1 sphere of action: Education

Founded in 2005 by Martin Bouygues to promote equal opportunity for all, the Francis Bouygues Foundation supports motivated and deserving school leavers from low-income families so that they can pursue long-term studies and fulfil their ambitious career goals.


Financial aid & moral support

Each year, the Francis Bouygues Foundation hands out around 100 grants ranging between €1,500 to €5,000 per year, which can be added to the French state student grant. This financial support is renewed each year until a higher education diploma is obtained

"The grant I received from the Foundation was an excellent opportunity for me as I come from a modest background. Paris often seemed inaccessible to me as I come from Reunion Island. Therefore starting my higher education studies here seemed like a leap into the unknown. Without this help, I would never have been able to realise my dream of studying at Sciences Po Paris. The Francis Bouygues Foundation helps young people with grand ambitions to achieve them, whatever their background".

Gwenaëlle H.,
First-year student Collège universitaire de Sciences Po Paris. Her dream is to become a diplomat in Latin America. Her mentor is Paul LeFrancq from TF1.

16 years
of journey
promoting equal opportunities
supported since 2005
€2.1 million
per year
Financial support
graduates supported
through their higher education studies

The participation of more than 957 volunteer mentors

A volunteer is chosen from among current or retired Bouygues group employees, or from among former grant-holders who have since found employment, to provide support to the students. These volunteers become mentors to the grant-holders.

"The Francis Bouygues Foundation has been a real-life journey, by helping me to open up, mature and push my limits. The Foundation plays a far more significant and wider role since it helps build strong ties between grant-holders as well as with mentors. Above all, it is a place where wonderful experiences take place"

Kamel B.
9th intake
Master of Science in Management, Major in Corporate Finance, Programme Grande Ecole EM Lyon (2019)

There’s no limit to your dreams

Students are not required to enrol on courses related to activities of the Bouygues group.
The Foundation has already helped students throughout their higher education to become doctors, vets, school teachers, archaeologists, architects, chemists, police superintendents, engineers, lawyers, etc.

"The Francis Bouygues Foundation symbolises the social responsibility and societal ambitions personified by the Bouygues group; namely to be useful to others, to take part in improving the way we live and to help those in need who want to better themselves. Being a mentor to grant-holders is just a small contribution that each Group employee can make to the work of the Foundation. The contacts I had with my grant-holder were a great source of enjoyment and personal fulfilment for me. "

Christophe Marx
mentor for Ahsan , 13th intake, in the second year of university-preparatory school, studying maths and physics at Lycée Louis Le-Grand in Paris
(Updated: 30 April 2021)


“I've always found it grossly unfair that gifted and hard-working young people should be prevented from studying due to social or financial reasons."

Martin Bouygues
Chairman of Bouygues 


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The Francis Bouygues Foundation is 10 years old
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Christel NAVARRO
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