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Arlington Student Wins Scholarship Studying Chinese in Taiwan

Sep 22, 2016 05:33PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Sydney Maureen Hanes (front row, far right) is the U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Scholarship winner.

The winning students along with their Resident Director, Kripa, are all en route to Taiwan!

Sydney Maureen Hanes, a high school student in Arlington, Texas, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2016-17. Sydney will study Chinese in Taiwan for the Year.

Sydney is one of only approximately 600 competitively selected students from across the United States who will receive a scholarship to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish overseas this year. While in Taiwan, Sydney will receive formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment.

If you are interested in following Maureen on her journey, she has created a blog that you can take a look at here

The NSLI-Y program seeks to increase the number of Americans who can engage with native speakers of critical languages. The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a life-long interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue and crosscultural opportunities in the private, academic, and government sectors.

NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, Legacy International, Russian American Foundation, Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin. 

Applications for 2017-18 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at in the early fall. For information about U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs visit

Content courtesy of the American Councils for International Education Press Release

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