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Blakeley Fellowship supports NGO experience

A Blakeley Fellowship enabled Yanina Seltzer, F09, to spend this past summer in Brazil helping in the fight against dengue fever, which between January and April last year infected more than 50,000 and killed more than 60 people in Rio de Janeiro. As an intern with a company called Mobile Metrix, founded by Melanie Edwards, F89, Seltzer trained young people to act as "mobile agents" to help stop the disease from spreading in their communities. Now, Seltzer, of San Jose, Costa Rica, is drawing on the experience in writing her master's thesis. "I couldn't have done this without the Blakely Fellowship," she says.

Gerald and Lucy Blakeley of Lincoln, Mass., established The Blakeley Fellowship Fund in 2007 to support Fletcher School students seeking funding for unpaid internships in the nongovernmental organization (NGO) sector. In its inaugural year, the fund provided 10 awards of $5,000 to students on unpaid, overseas internships with an NGO focused on international development.

As is the case with nearly all private academic institutions, tuition paid by Fletcher students does not cover the cost of each student's education. Contributions by alumni and friends cover the deficit and allow the school to continue to grow and excel as the premier school of international affairs.

Gerald W. Blakeley III, F04P, president of the Gerald W. Blakely Charitable Foundation, says, "This has been a great 'social investment' for our family, since the impact that these students have made will pay dividends for years to come." Gerald III and his wife Lucy are longtime friends of Fletcher. Their son, Kipper, F04, serves as a member of the Fletcher European Advisory Group.

For more information on creating a fellowship please contact:
Jennifer Weingarden
Acting Director of Development and Alumni Relations, The Fletcher School