Dear Friends,

We are still excited about President Obama’s recognition of the 100,000 Strong mission last week when he was in Beijing! Specifically, he said: “I’m proud that this summer the ‘100,000 Strong’ program reached our goal of more than 100,000 Americans studying in China in recent years.” Click HERE to read his full statement.

This was another exciting week for 100K Strong. The Foundation, in partnership with The George Washington University’s Confucius Institute and the Education Office of the PRC Embassy, hosted our first ever 100K Strong Student Reunion. Over 150 100K Strong Foundation Student Ambassadors from around the country gathered in Washington, DC for two-days of expert panels, team-building exercises and networking opportunities, as well as a terrific reception hosted by the Embassy. We hope to make this an annual event, bringing together today’s policymakers with tomorrow’s leaders.

In a letter of support for the event, First Lady Michelle Obama stated: “I am thrilled by the work the 100,000 Strong Foundation has done to give more students the opportunity to study abroad in China and make this exciting educational opportunity a reality.”

2014 Reunion

Our Student Ambassadors are AMAZING.  Nominated by the Foundation’s Signature Partners, they represent the true diversity of America: they hail from thirty states, from California to Iowa, Texas to Massachusetts; from high schools to graduate schools; and from a wide range of ethnic and economic backgrounds.

If you are interested in supporting one of these remarkable students so that they can continue their China studies, please consider donating to our 100K Strong Fellows Program. Contributions go to student ambassadors to travel to China for study programs based on financial need. Click HERE to donate.

We were grateful to be joined by our favorite video blogger, Jessica Beinecke, founder and host of Crazy Fresh Chinese (CFC). CFC is a centerpiece of the Foundation’s grassroots effort to increase demand for Mandarin language learning and study abroad to China. Click HERE to read this great article about Jessica in BusinessWeek.

Keep your eyes out for more news from the Foundation, as we prepare to host Chinese Vice Minister of Education Hao Ping for a seminar on Capitol Hill in December.


Carola McGiffert
President & CEO