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Dalia Diaz-Zorrilla Selected for Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship to Germany

Cedar Crest High School senior Dalia Diaz-Zorrilla, has had a rare opportunitiy to study abroad this year. Dalia was selected to recieve the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship, which funds an academic year of high school study and cultural immersion in Germany for a select group of American students. The CBYX program is funded jointly by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag as a symbol of the special economic and political relationship between America and Germany. Dalia is one of only 250 students nationwide to receive this prestigious scholarship. She is spending the 2018-2019 academic year living with a German host family and attending a local high school in Germany.

Dalia was selected for CBYX for her demonstrated academic qualifications, cultural open-mindedness, and outstanding motivation. She is serving as a “youth ambassador,” representing the United States, while participating in educational, cultural and civic events while overseas. Past participants have had opportunities to meet with the President of the German Bundestag, as well as leaders of the Bundestag and members of the U.S. Congress.

Created in 1983 during the Reagan Administration, CBYX strengthens U.S.-German relations by forging lasting ties of deeper understanding. Over the past 33 years, the program has reinforced our transatlantic ties between Americans and Germans who engage in the program both as participants and hosts. Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut finds exchanges like CBYX “are of particular importance in today’s global economy. These programs provide an unequaled understanding of world cultures – one that can translate into the success of American businesses, growth of the U.S. economy, and increased global and national security.”

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the U.S. CBYX program through several implementing partners. In the northeast United States CBYX is implemented by AFS-USA, an international nonprofit student exchange organization.

To learn more about CBYX, including information about eligibility and how to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year, visit www.usagermanyscholarship.org. Prospective host families and schools can learn more about hosting an exchange student or bringing intercultural learning into their classroom with AFS-USA, the administering organization in the northeast United States, by visiting www.afsusa.org.