Hefner Initiative

Hefner Initiative – OSSM Award

Sponsored annually by the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation

The Hefner Initiatives aim to help build a close and positive relationship between China and the USA. This approximately 12-day summer program sponsors Junior high school students in America to travel abroad to China.  The Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation believes that this opportunity will not only enhance the China/US relationship in the future but also expand the knowledge and exposure of these young students to a rising and important sector of the world.

The application window for OSSM Juniors to apply for the 2019 Hefner Initiative program opens December 5, 2018.

The last day for 2019 entry submissions by OSSM students will be January 7, 2019.

Interested students should download and consider the program Criteria below then download the Application and Essay Requirements for detailed instructions to build their application.



HEFNER INITIATIVE Essay Requirements