Two Xavier Students Receive Scholarships

Will Spend One Year Studying in France | January 16, 2008

Xavier University sophomore Fariba Karimi and junior Aviana Symon have been awarded the 2008-2009 Fredin Memorial Scholarships from Xavier University.  The scholarships were established from the bequest of the late Aline Fredin to support the study of the French language and culture in France.


Fariba Karimi, 19, is a biology major with minors in chemistry, French, and peace studies from the Middletown area of Louisville, KY (40245). She is the daughter of Mehdi & Haleh Sasani Karimi. She graduated from Dupont Manual High School in 2006. She will spend the 2008-2009 academic year studying at the Sorbonne. “I am thrilled to be given such a wonderful opportunity. I can’t wait to be immersed in the French culture and better my language skills,” Karimi says. 


Aviana Symon, 20, is a French and international affairs double major from North Royalton, OH (44133). She is the daughter of Natalie & Phillip Symon. She graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in 2005. She will spend the 2008-2009 academic year studying in Grenoble. “I’m looking forward to learning the French language and culture firsthand, which includes staying with a host family,” says Symon.


Each year the Fredin Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to worthy students to finance one full year of study in France. Established from the bequest of Mlle. Aline Fredin in memory of her parents, these scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to Xavier students who have attained at least junior standing. Winning the scholarship requires good grades, an essay about the motivations for wanting to study in France, two letters of recommendation, and a personal interview with the scholarship committee. Candidates for this scholarship are typically good students and self-sufficient individuals with the ability to live and learn on their own for a full academic year.



Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation.  U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 2 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 366 Colleges in America.”