Ryan Wallace, a rising senior in the IB program at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2016-17. The scholarship enables him to spend seven weeks this summer in Morocco learning Arabic.
Ryan is one of about 600 competitively selected students from across the United States who received a scholarship to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas. While in Morocco, Ryan receives formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment. The scholarship covers all travel, housing and academic learning expenses. He lives with a host family and participates in community outreach as well as travel opportunities within the country.
At Cedar Ridge, Ryan was elected Student Government president for 2016-17. He is co-president of the Model UN and the founder and president of the Youth for Human Rights Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society and plays goalie for the varsity lacrosse team.
The NSLI-Y program seeks to increase the number of Americans who can engage with native speakers of critical languages, sparking a life-long interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans prepared to advance international dialogue and cross-cultural opportunities in the private, academic, and government sectors.