3rd Annual Clements International Youth Exchange Scholarship Looking for Entries by May 13, 2011

As a kid, I had always dreamed of living in a foreign country. Europe to be precise. In my mind, this was the land of expert skiers. I wanted to be skiing the same mountains they did.

The day I found out I had received the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, I went weak in the knees. Literally. I fell to the solid pavement of my driveway reading the sentence beginning with “Congratulations!” Tears of joy fell from my face as I realized my dream of living abroad as a teenager was coming to reality. Little did I know how much that year in Bavaria would effect my life. Every aspect of my life has been touched because of my year living with my German family, the Johnens. My love life is better: Germany is where I finally fell for my husband. My business sense is expanded: I believe it is easier for me to think outside the box because of living in a foreign culture. My life is richer: I’ve experienced not only the U.S. and German cultures, but being an exchange student also prepared me for my life in Argentina — an amazing experience that has enriched my life with many lifelong relationships.

So, it is safe to say I am a big proponent of youth exchange programs, especially scholarships.

Clements International, an insurance carrier for expats, is accepting applications for their third annual Expat Youth Scholarship. A unique contest exclusively for expat students who spend their childhoods moving between different countries and cultures, the 2011 Expat Youth Scholarship is open to students ages 12-18 of any nationality who have resided in a foreign country for at least two consecutive years. For this year’s theme, they ask participants to create a video explaining their favorite thing about their host country and its culture. The entry deadline is May 13, 2011.

A total of $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to six students in the following categories:

Category One (Ages 12 – 15):

1st Place $3,000
2nd Place $1,500
3rd Place $500

Category Two (Ages 16 – 18):

1st Place $3,000
2nd Place $1,500
3rd Place $500

According to Clements International President, Chris Beck, “We’re so excited to offer the Expat Youth Scholarship again this year with a new twist. Incorporating online video and Facebook voting will really make this scholarship contest an interactive experience for everyone involved, including participants, expats, supporters and viewers around the world.”

Hoping to get a global input, this year everyone gets a chance to help determine the winners. A Judges Panel consisting of individuals representing the expatriate community will determine the top 12 video entries, which will be posted on the Expat Youth Scholarship Facebook page under the “Links” tab. During the month of August, members of the Expat Youth Scholarship fan page will be able to vote for their favorites using the “Like” feature. Voting (i.e. “liking”) will end on August 31. The total number of fan “Likes” will determine the top three winners in each age category.

What a great example of collaboration!

Visit ExpatYouthScholarship.com for more information.


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