National Security Language Initiative for Youth participant

Senior Matthew Stanonis was selected to participate in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and was awarded a scholarship.

NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

He will study Russian in Narva, Estonia (just across the border from Russia) for six (6) weeks this summer, which includes a minimum of 120 contact hours of intensive Russian language in the classroom, as well as additional lectures, activities, and excursions conducted in Russian.