Seattle, WA – September 22, 2015 – The 100,000 Strong Foundation and Perfect World announced today the launch of a new scholarship fund that will send high school students enrolled at OneWorld Now! (OWN) to China for summer programs. OWN is a Seattle-based program that provides leadership, language and study abroad opportunities for area students from underserved backgrounds.
The new 100K Strong-Perfect World scholarship program was launched during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seattle just prior to the President’s official State Visit to Washington on September 24-25.
“We are deeply grateful to Perfect World for supporting the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission to ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to study Mandarin and study in China,” said Carola McGiffert, president of the 100,000 Strong Foundation. “OneWorld Now! offers a diverse group of Seattle teens the opportunity to experience the world, and develop critical China-skills that will open doors for them in the future.”
Perfect World Chairman Chi Yufeng added:
“We are honored to support the 100,000 Strong Foundation by establishing this new scholarship program for American students to study in China. This program complements the Global Youth Leaders Laboratory, which Perfect World launched earlier this year to provide an academic research and professional development platform for talented young people. By providing a business platform and scholarship support, Perfect World is creating sustainable opportunities for youth across the globe to develop skills in research and development, innovation and business management.”
“This support comes at a time when OWN’s mission is more relevant than ever,” said Herman Uscategui, president of the board of directors for One World Now! Our students and alumni represent today’s globally diverse and interconnected society. Through China study abroad experiences, the after-school Chinese language programs or the youth leadership development activities, OWN students make all of us proud and confident of a better tomorrow.”
About the 100,000 Strong Foundation
The 100,000 Strong Foundation is a bipartisan non-profit that has been endorsed by the US and Chinese governments. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the US-China relationship by dramatically increasing the number and diversity of US students studying in China and learning Mandarin. We are dedicated to ensuring our next generation of leaders is prepared to compete, collaborate and succeed in a world in which China plays a central role. More information about the 100,000 Strong Foundation can be found at www.100kstrong.org.
About Perfect World
Perfect World Co., Ltd (NASDAQ: PWRD) is a leading online game developer and operator based in China. Perfect World primarily develops online games based on propriety game engines and game development platforms. Perfect World’s strong technology and creative game design capabilities, combined with extensive knowledge and experiences in the online game market, enable it to frequently and promptly introduce popular games designed to cater to changing customer preference and market trends.
About OneWorld Now!
OneWorld Now! exists to develop the next generation of global leaders. Since 2002, OWN has been opening up life-changing opportunities to underrepresented high school students in Seattle. OWN programs give students access to critical world language learning, leadership training for 21st century skills, one-on-one mentoring, and study abroad opportunities. More information about OneWorld Now! can be found at: www.oneworldnow.org
Media contact: Erin Billings, Podesta Group