The National Security Language Initiative for Youth is offering 550 full scholarships to high school students across the country. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division, the scholarship initiative is designed to increase American citizens’ capacity to engage foreign governments and peoples through languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish—all languages that are becoming increasingly critical to know.
Administered by a team of organizations including AFS-USA (formally known as American Field Service), American Councils for International Education, Concordia Language Villages, and Internation Education and Research Network, or iEARN-USA, government funded scholarships will be provided to students who will be given the opportunity to study abroad in six-to-eight week summer programs, and one-semester and full-year language programs. During their stay in a host country with a host family, students will be immersed in language acquisition courses and formal and informal language practices. They will attend school and interact with international students in person and through online technologies.
Those eligible to apply are students age 15 though 18 years of age that are enrolled in high school at the time of application, and have at least a 2.5 grade point average.
Students may participate in the program during high school or during the “gap year” between high school and college. Beginning language students are invited to participate also, as fluency is not required. In addition, all levels of instruction are available, but students with oral and written experience in the program languages are especially valued for their experience.
The deadline is February 2, 2009. For more information and to apply online, visit NSLIforyouth.org