2015 Language Grant Applications: Now You Can Apply Online!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Refresher Grants. The submission deadline is December 30, 2014.
To apply online, go to: https://blakemorefoundation.communityforce.com
Or, materials are available on our language grant page, where you can download application forms, grant guidelines and eligibility requirements. Our FAQ page has answers to many common questions. You may also contact the Foundation by phone at (206) 359-8778 or email.
Comments from our alumni . . .
My Blakemore Freeman Fellowship provided me with the tools I need to
survive as a business leader in China.
Currently, I’m working as the leader of a division marketing team for the Chinese subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company. As the only non-Chinese member of the its China business team I am completely immersed in Chinese language and culture on a daily basis.
I studied Chinese as an undergrad with grand ambitions to master the language and work as a lawyer in China, but there had never been an opportunity after graduating to move from that basic linguistic foundation to a professional level.
The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship was the essential ingredient in allowing me to take time off from my career and really focus on the language. Coming out of the program, I was able to function as a working lawyer in China, both in terms of working with documents and negotiating with counter-parties. But for the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, none of it would have been possible.
The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship gave me the launching pad to
pursue my entrepreneurial ambitions in Asia and launch my first
company: an import/export business between Taiwan and Singapore.
Without the grant, I would never have been able to work with Taiwanese suppliers and build such strong professional networks in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.