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CHS 2019 Grad Ellie Hollo to Study Persian (Tajiki) in Tajikistan on U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Scholarship

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (June 17, 2019) – Recent Cheltenham High School graduate Elisheva “Ellie” Hollo hollo will study Persian (Tajiki) in Tajikistan this summer through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship.

Selected through a competitive process from more than 3,300 applications from across the United States, Hollo is one of approximately 660 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas this coming year.

While in Tajikistan, Hollo, a resident of Cheltenham Village who will matriculate at Connecticut College in the fall, will receive formal language instruction, reside with a host family and experience the local culture as part of an immersion environment. Showing a strong propensity and affinity toward world languages, the honor roll student took Latin and German and an introduction to Russian in her time at CHS.

Located in Central Asia and surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Tajikistan is known for rugged mountains. The country became an independent sovereign nation when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The country is 55,300 sq. mi. (roughly the size of Illinois) and claims an estimated population of almost 9.3 million people.

A program of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, NSLI-Y is part of a multi-agency U.S. government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans’ ability to communicate in select critical languages, advance international dialogue and increase American economic global competitiveness. American Councils for International Education administers NSLI-Y in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, Russian American Foundation, Stony Brook University, University of Delaware and University of Wisconsin.

Applications for 2020-21 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at www.nsliforyouth.org in the late summer. The U.S. Department of State conducts study abroad programs for more than 1,000 American high school students and approximately 3,000 foreign high school students each year. Visit https://exchanges.state.gov/highschool for details.