Are you currently in high school and interested in a language immersion program in countries such as Russia, Turkey, Oman, China, Korea and India? Thought I would share this information for anyone interested in participating in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarship programs. My daughter, a Senior in high school this year, participated this past summer and loved it. She lived in India for about 6 1/2 weeks. It was a 100% scholarship, except for her passport expense and fun money purchases. She had no experience in Hindi, but had five years of German, some Spanish and Russian at Concordia Language Villages. Her desire to learn languages was probably a key factor in being chosen. NSLY-I asked us to share details with anyone who might be interested in the program and I thought this forum might be able to reach out to some of the highly qualified upcoming Service Academy, ROTC and PREP candidates out there. The application is rigorous and requires thoughtful answers for the essays. Your chances improve greatly if you follow the directions on the application! Semi-finalists are interviewed. I'm not sure how many people applied for the program last year, (maybe 4000 or so, and about 5-600 are selected - I'm guessing - but each year it changes so don't hold me to the exact numbers). Details are on the website and the application is due Oct 29th. Start applying now if you are serious. The NSLY-I Facebook, NSLY-I Alumni and other social media pages are real interesting to read. Also look for parent pages too as they are very informative. By the way, any Sophomores & Juniors who are thinking you won't have time in the summer, it is possible. Some of the programs don't leave till late June or July. My dd was able to attend NASS, SLE and Girls State plus work a summer job. And if anyone is looking for a Plan G (Gap Year), this may be an option. And.. just a final thought... one of the Retired Officers at a recent Service Academy event said "Oh yeah, both my sons participated in the program - they went to Russia and then on to a Service Academy." Hope this helps any of you who are interested in foreign languages. Okay... done my community service for the day!