COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
PRINS. MEMO NO. 1
December 4, 2001
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
 
TO: Principals
FROM: Patricia I. Wright
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
SUBJECT: Congress-Bundestag Program

The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program is a full scholarship program conceived by members of the United States Congress and the German Bundestag to strengthen ties between the successor generations of each country. The program provides an opportunity for United States high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend their 13th year abroad pursuing their vocational interests.

This full scholarship program, which runs from July to June, includes: pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.; two months of intensive German language training; training/school attendance and an internship while living with a German host family; both a mid-term and re-entry seminar in Berlin; room and board for the duration of the program; health, liability, and accident insurance; and international travel to and from Germany.

High school students must meet the following requirements: be at least 18 and no more than 19 years of age by July 1 of the departure year; graduating seniors who will complete United States school studies in January or June prior to departure; have a minimum of a "B" average (3.0 GPA); U.S. citizenship; and the ability to serve as an ambassador for the United States.

Interested students must be nominated by their high schools to apply for this program. Each participating school may nominate up to three students, who then complete the application materials.

Completed applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2002, and returned to Dr. Joy Goodrich, trade and industrial education specialist, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. Please contact Dr. Goodrich at 804/225-2828, or e-mail jgoodric@pen.k12.va.us, if you have questions or to request a registration package.

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