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The Francis Bouygues Foundation

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 60 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.  


“I’m very enthusiastic about being a mentor for Arefa and delighted to have the opportunity to help this young student in her choices that can help guide her future career. I will do everything possible to make this experience a success. As well as being involved on a personal level, the entire team at GTOI is making the most of this great opportunity to support equal opportunity and reaffirm our values. ”


Mentor and Quality Health Safety Environment department head
GTOI (Grands Travaux Océan Indien), a Colas subsidiary on Reunion Island

13 years
of journey
promoting equal opportunities
supported since 2005
+ €1 million
per year
Financial support
graduates supported
through their higher education studies

The participation of more than 720 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.

"Very few people are aware that companies like Bouygues provide financial support in order to make a positive impact on society, and very few understand the importance of patronage initiatives, especially for young people like myself. I was lucky to have been awarded a grant by the Foundation in July 2013, just after my baccalaureate and I will always remember the new direction my life took."

Ninth intake
Second-year Master’s degree student at Neoma Business School, Rheims (eastern France), on a work/study contract with the communications department at Bouygues Telecom

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.


"Your support is very valuable and it will help me to get through the academic year without worry. The financial security you provide will enable me to focus fully on my studies and artistic creation at the school of fine arts. Thank you for your trust and the mentoring, which provides both moral and psychological support in addition to the financial support. I know that this commitment can only benefit my development."

Thirteenth intake
1st year fine arts student, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Nantes (western France)

(Updated: 17 November 2017)


“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 and CEO of Bouygues 

Read the full speech given by Martin Bouygues

The Francis Bouygues Foundation is 10 years old

The Francis Bouygues Foundation 2016 press kit


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Christel NAVARRO
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