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Part of U.S. State Department program
July 5, 2017

Kathryn Driscoll ’17 (Durango, Colo) has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for the coming academic year. Administered by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Driscoll will study Arabic in Morocco for the 2017-18 academic year.

She is one of only approximately 600 competitively selected students from across the United States who will receive a scholarship to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, or Russian overseas this coming year. While in Morocco, Driscoll will receive formal instruction and informal language practice as part of an immersion environment.

The NSLI-Y program is part of a multi-agency U.S. Government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans’ ability to communicate in select critical languages to advance international dialogue and increase American economic global competitiveness.

The goals of the NSLI-Y program include: promoting critical language learning among American youth; enhancing cross-cultural understanding and deepening trust; sparking a lifetime of interest in foreign language and culture; and developing the skills to advance international dialogue, compete effectively in the global marketplace, promote mutual understanding, and contribute to a more peaceful world.

NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, Legacy International, the Russian American Foundation, Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin.

Applications for 2018-19 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at in the early fall. For information about U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs visit

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