Freeman Foundation Awards Recognize Record Number of Elliott School Women

A record number of Elliott School women were honored this school year as recipients of Freeman Foundation awards and will travel over the summer to Asia for much-coveted internships with nonprofits, think tanks, and businesses.

The Freeman Foundation awards are named after the Freeman family, which has long helped fund students’ international travel in an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding between Asia and the United States.

Twenty-four Elliott School students were selected for this year’s awards — 19 of whom were female students, a record-breaking number for the Elliott School.

Students will set off to destinations in East and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand and Timor-Leste. As interns, they will work on projects to eliminate sex trafficking, to alleviate poverty and to increase the quality of life and conditions for women and girls in communities in Asian nations.

These Elliott School women are doing their part to change the face of global affairs in a positive way and to change the world. Take a look at some of the organizations that they will work at below:

  • Agile Development Group
  • Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern  
  • Empreza Di’ak NGO
  • International Organization for Migration in Lao PDR
  • Karen Women’s Organization
  • Mercy Corps
  • Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS)
  • Myanmar Mobile Education Project
  • Plan International Philippines
  • SHE Investments
  • Sinomedia, LTD
  • Sisterhood Alliance
  • The Asia Foundation
  • UN Women
  • U.S. Embassy Seoul
  • Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE)


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