Jordan Meier, a high school student from Cazenovia, has been awarded one of 650 National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarships for 2011-12.
The NSLI-Y scholarship enables Meier to study Chinese in China for the summer; she will soon leave for orientation in Washinton D.C. and continue on to Beijiing and Changzhou.
"To say that I am exceptionally grateful to NSLI-Y would be an understatement," Meier said. "They have provided me with the chance of a lifetime, and I can only hope to give back to them by taking advantage of all the opportunities they have given to me."
NSLI-Y 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, semester and academic year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y is administered by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by American Councils for International Education and includes AFS-USA, iEARN-USA and Concordia Language Villages.
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 in the private, academic or government sectors.
Launched as part of a U.S. Government initiative in 2006, NSLI-Y seeks to increase Americans' capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal and informal language learning and practice and by promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural activities.