Full Scholarships for Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad Program, 2015/2016

Applications are invited for Kennedy-Lugar YES Study Abroad Program available for American high school students and recent graduates to study for one academic year abroad. The program offers 65 full scholarships in countries with significant Muslim populations. Participants live with a host family, attend a local high school, acquire leadership skills and engage in activities to learn about the host country’s society and values; they also help educate others about American society and values. Application deadline is January 7, 2015.. The YES Abroad program is a cultural exchange between the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. YES Abroad participants serve as “youth ambassadors” in their host communities, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and friends. At the forefront of citizen diplomacy, participants will develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community..  Scholarships are awarded for high school students and recent graduates to study for one academic year abroad.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  YES Abroad students serve as “youth ambassadors” of the United States, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities.
Who can apply to this scholarship?
· U.S. citizen
· 15
· 18.5 years of age at start of program (birthdate between March 5, 1997 and June 29, 2000)
· Enrolled in high school (including home school)
· For the following countries, prior French skills are required: Morocco
Benefits of the scholarship:  The YES Abroad scholarship covers costs related to: room and board for the In-Person Selection Event (for semi-finalists); round-trip airfare, room and board for the Pre-Departure Orientation; round-trip airfare between the participant’s home region and community abroad; in-country support; cultural activities; school tuition (where applicable); room and board with a host family; secondary medical benefits; visa fees; and a modest stipend.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  Full scholarships are awarded to study for one academic year.
Number of scholarships:  The program offers 65 full scholarships to American students nationwide.

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