SOUTH TAMPA — Lauren Place, a high school student in Montezuma, N.M., has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship for 2014-15. She will study Korean in South Korea for the summer.
Place is attending United World College in Montezuma on a scholarship, where she is entering her senior year in their International Baccalaureate High School program. Previously, she studied at Robinson High School in Tampa.
The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic year overseas immersion programs.
The State Department offers approximately 625 students per year the chance to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas through NSLI-Y.
Launched in 2006, NSLI-Y seeks to increase the number of Americans who can engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment.
The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a lifelong interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue and cross-cultural opportunities in the private, academic and government sectors.
NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, Americans Promoting Study Abroad, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, Legacy International, Russian American Foundation and the University of Delaware. Applications for 2015-16 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at www.nsliforyouth.org in the early fall.
For information about exchange programs, visit www.exchanges .state.gov.