Jane Gasper, a high school student from Bismarck, was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Gasper studied Russian during the summer in Russia, where she received formal instruction and informal language practice as part of an immersion environment.
About 600 competitively selected students from across the United States received a scholarship to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian or Russian overseas this year.
The program is part of a 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.
Applications for 2018-19 NSLI-Y programs are available at www.nsliforyouth.org.