NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Luke Morello, a high school student from Purdys, has been selected for 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. Luke is one of only 250 students nationwide to receive this prestigious scholarship. He will be spending the 2017-2018 academic year living with a German host family and attending a local high school in Germany.

Luke was selected for CBYX for his demonstrated academic qualifications, cultural open-mindedness and outstanding motivation.

Luke will serve 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.

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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, a worldwide nonprofit student exchange organization.

To learn more about CBYX, including information about eligibility and how to apply for the 2018-2019 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.