Who is Julius G. Blocker ’53?

Julius G. Blocker ’53

Julius G. Blocker ’53 was a visionary whose generous support of the work of the Center for Global Education will benefit generations of HWS students.

During his undergraduate years at the Colleges, where he majored in modern languages, Julius developed an interest in Germany that would evolve into a lifelong passion. That interest grew while he earned a master’s in international affairs at Columbia University and during his time as a Fulbright scholar at the Freie Universität (Free University) in West Berlin.

After returning to the US, Julius embarked on a long, successful career operating his family’s business. Upon his retirement, Julius made provisions to establish an endowed fund in honor of his late mother, Maria Blocker, through which he could share his passion for Germany. The Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund provides generous support to students pursuing study abroad opportunities through one of the Colleges’ programs in Germany, enabling “Blocker Fellows” to experience German culture and society in much the same way Julius did.


To apply for admission to a CGE program in Germany and for funding from the Julius G. Blocker '53 Endowed Fund students must complete an online application. The deadline for applications for Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21 programs is Tuesday, October 1, 2019. For Spring 2021 programs the deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020.

Click here to learn more about the application process.

Program Options

  • University of Leipzig
  • University of Tuebingen
  • IES Berlin
  • IES Freiburg
  • CityLab: Berlin (Norwich University)

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