Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Alyssa Halbig, a student at Riverside High School, has been selected for the Congress Bundestag Scholarship, a 10-month, full scholarship to study abroad in Germany. Alyssa was one of 250 students selected nationally and the only student selected from South Carolina.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program is for motivated high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Alyssa will learn about German culture first-hand by living with a host family and attending a German high school.
Students are selected on academic merit, as well as motivation, curiosity and flexibility. The CBYX program is dedicated to selecting students who represent the diversity of the United States.
Initiated in 1983, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. The program was founded in celebration of the 300th year anniversary of the first German immigration to the United States. CBYX is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, and in the U.S. is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over 17,000 students have prepared themselves for success in an increasingly global world by participating in the CBYX program.