US students now have the opportunity to study abroad and experience new culture via the scholarship provided by the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program. The program has been designed to prepare and connect high school students with the communities across the world. Students are trained to come together and team up on world challenges such as community development, human rights, climate control and health.
Interested students can apply for full scholarships for the academic year 2015-16 wherein students can stay with host family and study at one of the countries from the following, Ghana, Bosnia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Macedonia, Herzegovina, Oman, Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.
The scholarship is merit-based and covers major costs such as tuition and academic costs, travel costs and visa costs (domestic and international), accommodation costs, meal costs and medical costs.
The YES program was first authorized by the US government after the Sept. 11, 2001 episode. The program has been designed to empower leaders and build ties with those countries that have a rising number of Muslim populations. This is a way to reach such countries and try to establish a relationship with the US.
A conglomerate of associations and NGO’s administer the YES Abroad program. Some of the significant organizations include, AMIDEAST, American Councils for International Education, iEARN-USA and AFS-USA.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must fulfill certain criteria such as; they should be citizens of USA, be enrolled in a high school at the time of application and fall between the age group of 15 to 18 and a half years at the start of the program. For further criteria you can check their official website or look through their application form. The deadline for application to the 2015-16 program is 7th January, 2015.