ABOUT THE JULIUS G. BLOCKER ’53 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Through the generosity of Hobart College alumnus Julius G. Blocker, the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund was established to provide support to students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who participate in one of the HWS study abroad programs in Germany. During the 2012-2013 academic year the Colleges will offer programs at six sites in Germany, including:
- The University of Tuebingen
- The University of Koblenz-Landau (Landau campus)
- The University of Bremen
- The University of Leipzig
- IES Abroad (Berlin)
- Lexia International (Berlin)
Students accepted into any of these programs may apply for funding support through the Blocker Fund according to the provisions outlined below. Note that the IES and Lexia programs in Berlin will only be available to students selected as Blocker Fellows and only for one semester.
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Language Study: Although no prior language study is required at the time of admission, fellowship recipients must take at least one semester of German prior to going abroad and at least one course in German on site. Students are encouraged to continue language study upon their return to the HWS campus.
- Post-program Cultural Project: All Blocker Fellows must complete a project following their study abroad program that documents their encounters with German culture. This project may take a variety of forms (including a photographic display, a video/film, a written narrative or poetry, artwork, a website or blog, etc.) and is designed to illustrate the student’s journey in Germany and what they learned about the country, its people and culture, and themselves. The projects will be presented on campus and will be utilized (with permission) as instructional materials in the German curriculum.
Those students awarded funding through the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund will be recognized as Julius G. Blocker ’53 Fellows and will be awarded stipends to support their participation in a study abroad program in Germany sponsored by HWS. While actual expenses will vary from student to student (depending on location, program requirements, and individual circumstances), the stipends are designed to cover expenses including room and board, airfare, ground transportation, books and course materials, and various incidental expenses (insurance, student activity fees, police registration fees).