St. John's student receives CBYX scholarship to study in Germany.
The CBYX program is operated under funding by the U.S. Department of State and administered in the Northeast United States by AFS-USA, a worldwide nonprofit student exchange organization. Dan is one of only 50 students in the Northeast to receive this prestigious scholarship, and will be spending the 2013-14 academic year living with a German host family and attending a local high school.
Dan was selected as a Congress-Bundestag scholar due to his demonstrated academic qualifications, cultural open-mindedness and motivation. He will serve as a "youth ambassador" from the United States for the academic year, while participating in educational, cultural and political events, including receptions and meetings with both German and American government officials.
Introduced under a presidential initiative in 1983, the CBYX program aims to strengthen U.S.-German relations through citizen diplomacy and cultural understanding. In this time of global interdependence, the strong ties that bind the U.S. and Germany through trade and diplomatic relations are essential in U.S. foreign affairs. The CBYX program sees the importance of youth ambassadorship as a means to strengthen these ties.