U.S. Embassy announces FLEX scholarships for secondary school students

Riga, September 22, 2016 – On behalf of American Councils for International Education, U.S. Embassy Riga invites eligible secondary school students to spend an academic year in the United States through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. The application deadline is October 18, 2016.

Created in 1992 by the United States Congress, FLEX is an exchange program for secondary school students to travel to the United States for one academic year. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the FLEX program has provided scholarships to more than 24,000 secondary school students from Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia over the past 24 years. Each scholarship recipient will live for one year as a member of a U.S. host family and study in an American high school. Students form strong ties with their American host families and U.S. communities, building relationships that often last a lifetime. Secondary school students with disabilities are invited to participate in the competition. Approximately 20 become finalists each year.

Candidates for the FLEX program must be secondary school students in Latvia with Latvian citizenship in grades 9 or 10 and born between July 15, 1999 and July 15, 2002. To be eligible, candidates must not have lived in the United States for more than three months in the last five years, be able to qualify for a U.S. visa, and speak English well.

American Councils for International Education organizes recruitment, selection, orientation, and travel arrangements for the FLEX program. It administers more than 30 exchange and training programs, including several U.S. government programs for secondary school students, university and graduate students, teachers, and professors.
To apply, please visit https://ais.americancouncils.org/flex
For more information, please contact American Councils Country Representative Laura Lucaua at +371292 99906 or latvia@americancouncils.eu.