Release Date: 6/12/2018
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2018 Carver Center graduate to study Korean in South Korea on U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Scholarship

Ashley Hajimirsadeghi
Towson, MD – Ashley Hajimirsadeghi, a 2018 graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2018-19 by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

With this scholarship, Hajimirsadeghi will study Korean in South Korea this summer. She is one of approximately 670 students – competitively selected from among 3,300 applicants across the nation – who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Indonesian, or Russian overseas this year. While in South Korea, Hajimirsadeghi will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family, and experience the local culture.

Last year, Mason Miller-Breetz, a 2018 Towson High School graduate, received an NSLI-T scholarship to study Persian in Tajikistan.

An award-winning poet, Hajimirsadeghi was part of the Literary Prime at Carver Center and studied Italian and Chinese languages. In the fall, she will study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, with a major in fashion business management and minor in creative writing.

In a note to Carver Center Principal Karen Steele, Hajimirsadeghi wrote, “Without Carver and the environment towards art, culture, and the humanities, I would’ve never been able to gather such an opportunity."

She continued, “The open-mindedness, respect, and foundations towards language and culture (with our own Carver Culture, of course) embedded into students truly is unique and opens up so many opportunities…"

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, the Russian American Foundation, Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Wisconsin.

Applications for 2019-20 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available online in the late summer. Information about all U.S. Department of State exchange programs for American high school students is available on the the Department of State website.

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