Evan Doliszny: NSLI-Y Scholarship Recipient
We never miss an opportunity to highlight a success story of one of our own. Most recently, Evan Doliszny class of 2020, was recognized on a national level. Evan was the recipient of a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) full scholarship for 2018-19 by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This prestigious scholarship will allow Evan the opportunity to travel to Amman, Jordan to study Arabic and fully immerse himself into the culture.
Evan is among eighteen distinguished students selected from over 3,300 applicants nationwide. Evan applied for this scholarship on his own initiative and the selection criterion was based on multi-facets of Evan’s past performances both in and out of the academic environment. The NSLI-Y program was initially launched in 2006 in hopes to improve Americans’ ability to communicate in select critical languages to advance international dialogue and increase American economic global competitiveness.
While in Jordan, Evan will receive formal language training, live with a host family, and experience the local culture as part of an immersion environment. This rigorous training emphasizes rapid language acquisition by combining in-class language instruction with a comprehensive cultural program. Along with the twenty hours of weekly in-class language instruction, the students will take part in community service activities that may entail teaching English as a secondary language, as well as participate in multiple excursions outside the city of Amman which hope to enlighten them on the historical and cultural heritage of Jordan.