Saturday, August 3, 2013

Local Magazine Article about Me

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I accidentally came across this article about me. It's from Voice of Asia, a popular Asian newspaper in Texas. I thought it was a nice article, and I hope it got the word out about this amazing program. Unfortunately, I am not sure who wrote this article, but I thank him/her for their time and effort in writing this. Comment if you have any questions about anything related to this program or study-abroad opportunities in general!

Anirudh Suresh Wins U.S. Department of State YES Abroad Scholarship to Study in Malaysia for a Year

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of State has awarded Anirudh Suresh, a Sophomore at St John’s School in Houston, TX, one of 65 scholarships to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. The competitive, merit-based award covers the full cost of an academic year abroad, providing Anirudh a full immersion experience through living with a host family in Malaysia, attending a Malaysian high school, and helping develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community.
The YES Abroad program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Through his participation in the YES Abroad program, Anirudh will be at the forefront of citizen diplomacy, serving as a “youth ambassador” in his host country, promoting mutual understanding by building lasting relationships with his host family and friends, and through community engagement in volunteer service and leadership training.
The Kennedy-Lugar YES program was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, as an effort to increase dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. Initially created as a program for international high school students to live and study in the United States, the YES program was expanded in 2007 to include YES Abroad for American high school students. The YES Abroad program provides opportunities for Americans to study for an academic year in select countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey. The YES Abroad program is administered by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by American Councils for International Education and including AFS-USA, AMIDEAST, and iEARN-USA. Exchanges taking place in Malaysia are administered by AFS. AFS is a worldwide, nonprofit organization that has been a leader in international exchange for more than 60 years. Visit for more information on studying abroad, hosting an exchange student, or bringing intercultural learning into the classroom.

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