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Rising Senior Earns NSLI-Y Study Abroad Scholarship
Rising Senior Earns NSLI-Y Study Abroad Scholarship

Julian Colvin selected out of more than 3,300 applications

Congratulations to rising senior Julian Colvin who received a 2018-19 National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship for the summer Arabic language program in Rabat, Morocco.

Julian, one of approximately 670 students chosen, was competitively selected out of more than 3,300 applications from across the United States.

He has been in Morocco since the program's start in June and will return to the States following the program's completion in early August. While in Morocco, he will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family and experience the local culture as parent of an immersion environment.

Since his arrival he has attended two different Catholic churches and volunteered at an orphanage, helped paint a school and met with the Chargé d'Affaires (Interim Ambassador) of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat.

"The most rewarding part of my experience here is definitely the relationships I've built. I've made friends in English, in Arabic and in French. I am surrounded by passionate young people who are excited to learn a critical language and to serve our country in whatever capacity."

The program was founded to encourage American students to learn languages considered critical to national security. "What I believe is most crucial in promoting world peace and maintaining national security, is the ability of people to build friendships across barriers of race, religion and geography. The only way to do that is to speak their language," said Colvin.

The NSLI-Y scholarship is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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The U.S. Legation in Tangier, Morocco is the only American National Historic Landmark not in the United States. Morocco was the first country to recognize United States' independence in 1777. The turtles are adopted pets of the Legation.