Riverside Military Academy juniors Jonah Esworthy and Mark Miller have been selected by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth to study abroad in China this summer.
The NSLI-Y is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students, according to a news release from the school. It's part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world with the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad.
Esworthy and Miller will study abroad for 6-8 weeks while living with host families and attending language classes. The program is designed to increase students’ Chinese language proficiency through intensive in-class language instruction, cultural presentations and activities, service activities with community-focused organizations, and host family stays.