From Baltimore to the Baltics

Two Upper School students have received National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships to study Russian abroad for seven weeks this summer. Dan Musachio ‘21 and Amina West ‘21 will travel, respectively, to Estonia and Latvia, where they will live with host families, attend language classes, and participate in a variety of learning opportunities, including cultural excursions to different parts of the country and partnerships with local high school students.

Since 2009, 22 Friends students have been awarded the all-expense-paid summer scholarships to study abroad and five received NSLI-Y scholarships to study language abroad for the full academic year.

Launched in 2006 through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was designed to promote critical language and cultural learning among high school students through merit-based scholarships for summer and full academic year immersion programs in locations where people speak the eight NSLI-Y languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.
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