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Release Date: 6/28/2018
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2018 Towson High graduate to study Hindi in India on his second U.S. State Department NSLI-Y Scholarship

Another 2018 BCPS graduate will be studying in South Korea on NSLI-Y scholarship

Mason Miller Breetz
Towson, MD – Mason Miller-Breetz, a 2018 graduate of Towson High School, has been awarded his second National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Last year, he received an NSLI-Y scholarship to study Persian in Tajikistan for six weeks. With his 2018-2019 scholarship, he will be studying Hindi in India for 10 months. While in India, Miller-Breetz will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family, and experience the local culture.

Miller-Breetz is the second BCPS student to receive a 2018-2019 NSLI-Y scholarship. Ashley Hajimirsadeghi, a 2018 graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, will be using her scholarship to study Korean in South Korea this summer.

Miller-Breetz and Hajimirsadeghi are two 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.

Miller-Breetz encourages other BCPS high school students to explore this opportunity “if they're interested in either foreign language acquisition or in becoming global ambassadors.”

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 Department of State website.

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