Noah Gavenus, a high school student at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC and originally from Burnsville, NC, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2014-2015. Noah will study Chinese in China for the Summer. 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 life-long 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 2015-2016 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at www.nsliforyouth.org in the early fall. For information about U.S. Department of State sponsored exchange programs visit exchanges.state.gov.