Open University graduate Antoine Cousot hopes to raise £1 million for Open University students by sailing around the world.
The Antoine Cousot Scholarship Fund aims to provide 50 students with the opportunity to transform their futures through Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences courses.
Having left school at 17 to travel the world, Antoine, a lifelong sailing enthusiast, declined an offer from the University of Harvard to enrol with The Open University, as distance learning enabled him to study while at sea.
While studying Earth Sciences with The Open University, Antoine enhanced his knowledge and skills as a skipper. Now he’s using his knowledge to single-handedly circumnavigate the world in the Golden Globe Race 2018. In the process, he’s dedicated to raising funds for students.
Antoine, who will spend eight months at sea, explains: "Education has changed my life! The Open University came to me with the right tools at the right time, helping me pursue my dreams. Learning is an intimate part of our lives and I want to share my experience with others."
In addition to raising funds for students, Antoine will contribute to academic research at The Open University during his voyage, gathering data on everything from climate change to water pollution.
Jhumar Johnson, Director of Development at The Open University, comments: "Antoine's ambition to transform the lives of 50 students is inspirational; it demonstrates how much Open University students can achieve and how they can inspire others to follow their dreams. This scholarship fund will help those students who may face financial barriers to studying and enable them to change their lives."
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