L-W East student wins U.S. Department of State YES Abroad Scholarship Friday, August 23, 2013
Emily Rodriguez, Lincoln-Way East High School, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State YES Abroad Scholarship to study in Indonesia for a year.
Emily is spending her senior year of high school as one of the 65 scholarship recipients in the country to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program.
The program is a highly competitive merit -based award that covers the $16,000 cost of an academic year abroad, providing student winners a full immersion experience.
Emily is living with a host family in Indonesia, attending an Indonesian high school, and helping to develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community.
"Emily is a strong individual. She has a strong focus on education and sets high goals for herself," stated her father Carlos Rodriguez.
While attending Lincoln-Way East, Emily participated in AFJROTC, and was a member of Pi Sigma Pi (social science honorary), Junior States of America, Book Club, and Paws Cause.
"We are proud of Emily's accomplishments. Through her participation in this student exchange program, she will be involved with citizen diplomacy, serving as a youth ambassador and helping to promote mutual understanding in another part of our world," noted Dr. Sharon Michalak, principal of Lincoln-Way East.
The Kennedy-Lugar YES program was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, as an effort to increase dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. Initially created as a program for international high school students to live and study in the United States, the YES program was expanded in 2007 to include YES Abroad for American high school students.
The YES Abroad program provides opportunities for Americans to study for an academic year in select countries including: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey.
The YES Abroad program is administered by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by American Councils for International Education and including AFS-USA, AMIDEAST, and !EARN-USA. Exchanges taking place in Indonesia are administrated by AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization that has been a leader in international exchange for more than 60 years.