The 2014-15 NSLI for Youth (High School)

Dear Room 4 Families,

I thought I would pass on an incredible opportunity for any parents of high school students. The NSLI for Youth program offers scholarships for high school aged students to study foreign language abroad in an immersion setting. Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone you know that may be interested. I am not sure how long the program will run for, but it’s also something that you may be interested in keeping an eye out for when your child makes their way to high school. They have scholarships for both summer programs and for a full academic year. Here is their blurb:

The 2014-15 NSLI for Youth application is now available!

Deadline: November 5, 2013


The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible U.S. high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.  Programs are available for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish.  American Councils for International Education administers NSLI-Y in cooperation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Like STARTALK, NSLI-Y is a component of the U.S. government’s initiative to improve Americans’ ability to engage with people around the world.  NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

We hope that you would be willing to spread the word about NSLI-Y to your STARTALK alumni and other high school foreign language students you know.  Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit If you have any questions or would like to request brochures, please contact


NSLI-Y Administration

I hope you find this information helpful!

-Ms. You

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