Since 1976, the Maison Française de Cleveland has held an annual
for the students of French from the public and private high schools
of Cuyahoga County and for full-time undergraduate students from the
colleges and universities of Northeastern Ohio.
The contest encourages continued mastery of the French language and
knowledge and appreciation of francophone cultures.
The high school contest is an oral one. The college/university contest
is both oral and written. Every year, the Maison awards significant
monetary prizes to the winners.
A candidate may be presented either by a member of the Maison, or
by their high school or college. All teachers and professors who
are members of the Maison Franšaise are entitled to present one
candidate. Every high school in Cuyahoga County may present one
candidate. Every college and university in Northeastern Ohio may
present two candidates. A maximum of four students may come from
The contest is held ordinarily between mid-March and the early
days of April.
From its inception, the contest has been held at John Carroll
University where former director of the contest was professor emeritus.
Prizes are awarded at the regular meeting of the Maison in April.
The winners and their professors are the invited guests of the
Maison Franšaise to the dinner which precedes the awards.