Darlene von Maschmeyer, a Prunedale high school student, has been awarded one of 53 scholarships to study abroad with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad program. The award will provide Darlene with a full immersion experience through living with a host family in Indonesia and attending a local Indonesian high school. The Youth Exchange and Study Abroad program is operated under funding by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Darlene was selected from a national pool of applicants. The application process includes a written portion and a national selection event attended by all semi-finalists. Finalists will serve as “youth ambassadors” in their host countries, promoting mutual understanding through forming lasting relationships with their host families and friends.
Darlene must be thrilled about the honor and the adventure. Congratulations, Darlene!