The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is a program initiative of the U.S. State Department. The program provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students and recent graduates interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages overseas. This is a merit based program and is competitively applied for. We are proud to say that this summer, four Farther Foundation alumni have been accepted into the program and will travel around the world on new adventures.
Ryan, Yamari, Monique and Melissa were awarded the NSLI-Y because of their own initiative and accomplishments, their previous travel experiences assisted by Farther Foundation and the support and encouragement of their partners and mentors at HighSight and Metro Achievement Center.
Ryan used his Farther Foundation in the summer of 2011 to travel to China with the Experiment in International Living. He will go back to China this summer with NSLI-Y and this fall will be attending Denison College.
Yamari will also be heading for China this summer after using her Farther Foundation scholarship to travel to Spain last year. This fall she will be attending Augustana College.
Monique traveled to France last summer but will try her hand at Korean in South Korea this summer. She will be enrolling at Depauw University in the fall.
Lastly, Melissa, who used her Farther Foundation scholarship last summer to go to Ghana with AFS, will travel to Morocco to study Arabic this year. In the fall she will be attending the University of Illinois.
It is no small accomplishment for inner city students from economically disadvantaged circumstances to seek out opportunities like these and to be prepared to seize them with such vigor. It starts with their own initiative, but it takes a network of support that Farther Foundation is proud to be a part of. We look forward to following the continuing education and lives of Ryan, Yamari, Monique and Melissa as they become global leaders of the next generation.
Farther Foundation was formed to help students break free from the constraints of poverty and gain experiences that propel them toward their highest aspirations. We provide opportunities for eager and deserving students to travel worldwide and interact with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.
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Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.