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Blake Traeger, a junior at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga., who is also dual enrolled at Clayton State University’s Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City, Ga., has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for the 2012/13 academic year.
The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. State Department and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.
Traeger will use his NSLI-Y scholarship to study Chinese in China during the summer of 2013. The scholarship covers all program costs including travel; tuition, academic preparation; testing; educational and cultural activities; orientations; meals; and accommodations, typically with a host family.
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.