Elkins student to spend year learning in Germany

ELKINS – CIEE, the world leader in international education and exchange, recently announced that Edward Maurer, a recent graduate at Elkins High School, is one of 50 students from the southeastern U.S., and Puerto Rico to be awarded a prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship for the 2014-2015 year.

As a CBYX scholar, Maurer will spend the school year in Germany living with a host family, taking classes at a local high school and participating in a three-week language and cultural immersion camp to gain a better understanding of German culture, language and everyday life.

Additionally, he will have the chance to visit the German Bundestag, meet with American and German government officials and explore the country through numerous excursions to nearby cities, historical sites and more.

Each year, CIEE awards approximately 50 highly motivated high school students with a full academic scholarship to live and study in Germany through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program, which was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the U.S. through citizen diplomacy.

Each CBYX scholarship is awarded following a highly competitive process based on academic records, demonstrated leadership, student essays, teacher recommendations and a personal interview.

Since its inception in 1983, the program – which is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag – has awarded more than 22,000 scholarships to students from all over the U.S. who wish to expand their global perspectives. Many students who complete the program go on to study at top colleges and universities.

Students who would like more information about CBYX and the 2015-2016 application process should visit www.ciee.org/cb or call CIEE at 800-448-9944. German language skills are not required to apply. To learn more about hosting an exchange student coming to the Elkins area for the next school years, visit www.ciee.org/host.