WATERBURY – Sacred Heart High School junior Jake Rinaldi, son of Robert and Laura Rinaldi of Cheshire, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2015-16. Jake will study Chinese in China for the summer.
Jake is one of only 620 competitively selected students from across the United States who are receiving scholarships to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas this year. Jake will receive formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment.
At Sacred Heart High School, Jake has taken a leadership role in a number of clubs and has participated in many activities in and out of school. He is president of his class and co-president of the Student Ambassadors; he is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, and serves as an International student mentor. Jake is on the cross-country and golf teams. Jake volunteers at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and is a member of Church of the Epiphany in Cheshire, where he also serves as a lector.
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 cross-cultural opportunities in the private, academic and govrnment sectors.
NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, AMIDEAST, Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine, 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 2016-2017 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at www.nsliforyouth.org in the early fall. For information about U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs visit http://exchanges.state.gov.