Lea Graber of Freeman, SD, a senior at Freeman Academy, has been awarded one of approximately 625 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships for 2013-2014.
She is the daughter of Krista-Heeren Graber and Stewart Graber of Freeman and the granddaughter of Eldon and Marcene Heeren of Akron and Rita Ann Graber of Freeman.
The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y offers overseas study opportunities in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish.
This scholarship will enable Lea to study Hindi in India for the summer. The scholarship covers all program costs including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals; and accommodations, usually with a host family.
Through her participation in the program, Lea will serve as a citizen diplomat while developing the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community.
Lea is a former U.S. Senate page and will attend the University of Minnesota this fall where she will study physical anthropology.