Junior Cayla Gancy was awarded a full scholarship to virtually study Russian in Moldova this summer from the U.S. Department of State's National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a highly competitive program open to high school students who are U.S. citizens.
Participants may choose to study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish. In past years, NSLI-Y has immersed participants in the cultural life of the host country, providing formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Participants receive intensive language instruction, live with a host family for all or part of the program, and participate in community service and a variety of cultural activities. This year, participants will experience the program virtually.
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the eight NSLI-Y languages are spoken.