Luke Morello selected for youth exchange scholarship to Germany

Luke Morello, a Somer 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. Rep. 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.

Kaitlyn Murphy awarded Coast Guard scholarship

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced that Kaitlyn Murphy, daughter of MK1 Robert Murphy, was awarded a Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship. Murphy, of Somers, will attend the University of Scranton in the fall.

The Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships benefit the children of enlisted men and women who are serving or have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, whether active duty, reserve, retired or deceased.

“The brave men and women of the Coast Guard are the epitome of dedication and commitment,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “Their children have again and again demonstrated that they too hold themselves to that same high standard. We are proud to give back to these young individuals by investing in their future. We believe that it is an investment that will benefit these families and ultimately our country.