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October 29, 2013 > Scholarships available for high school students

Scholarships available for high school students

Submitted By Bart Pogue

Approximately 600 scholarships are available for the 2014-15 academic year for American high school students to study language through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. NSLI-Y is funded by the U.S. Department of StateÕs Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program seeks to increase AmericansÕ capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal and informal language learning through a study abroad experience, which includes language classes and living in a local community abroad, often with a host family.

Scholarships to participate in summer or academic year programs are available for the study of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The merit-based scholarships cover domestic and international travel, tuition, related academic expenses, daily language classes, supporting cultural activities, room and board, and secondary health benefits for travel abroad.

Launched in 2006, the goal of NSLI-Y is to increase the number of young Americans with the language skills necessary to advance international dialogue and increase understanding between cultures. Alumni of NSLI-Y can become leaders in a variety of international fields in the private, academic, or government sector.

To be eligible for 2014-15 program scholarships, applicants must be: U.S. citizens, current high school students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and 15 - 18 years of age at the start of the program. The application deadline is Nov 5.

For more information about the NSLI-Y program or to apply, visit

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