Linsly Student to Study In Germany on Scholarship
Nathan Seymour, a sophomore German student at The Linsly School in Wheeling, recently was named the recipient of a scholarship to spend a year studying in Germany through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. The program, which is jointly sponsored by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag, funds exchange programs for German and American students through grants to private exchange organizations in both countries.
Linsly German instructor William Kozanek, who is familiar with this scholarship program, explained: “It’s the most prestigious scholarship a German student can receive, and the admissions rate for students applying for the program is 2 percent. So Nathan’s achievement is really outstanding.”
More than 23,000 German and American students have completed their exchange through the program, which provides a full exchange year complete with orientation and language programs and travel opportunities within Germany and the United States. The exchange year culminates in a conference in Washington, D.C., in which German and American students reflect on their exchange year and share their experiences.
Currently, the program makes 250-280 (the number fluctuates, depending on funding) national scholarships available to any high school student between the ages of 15-18, with a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, and who is a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
Applications are due in December of the year prior to the scholarship year. After receipt of a full application, select students are offered an interview, conducted by selection committees in various locations in the United States. These selection committees then put forward the names of the best candidates to receive the scholarships.