High School Study Abroad Scholarship Program
Proposal Revised 3/22/08
This is the conceptual outline of a scholarship program that
could send many more
The scholarship program proposal would consist of three related legislative bills proposed for the Oregon 2009 legislative session. The first would permits local school districts to use the funds they get from the state and any other public or private funds to give scholarships to high school students to study abroad. The bill would also authorize local school districts to receive state funding the same as in district students for students studying abroad under a qualified scholarship from the local school district (students studying abroad can be claimed for ADM). The second would adjust or waive graduation requirement for students who study abroad for a full academic year so that they do not need to do an additional year of high school to graduate. And the third bill would fund a state level high school study abroad scholarship program that could augment school districts level scholarship for students studying “critical need languages.”
are existing academic-year-long study abroad programs that cost less than the
per pupil spending in many
(2) There is a national organization, the Council for Standards on International Educational Travel (CSIET) that “identifies reputable international youth exchange programs.” So, to be eligible for public funding, the basic list of eligible study abroad program could be those listed with this CSIET. There could be provisions for each school district or the Oregon Department of Education to approve additional programs.
Basic study abroad scholarship program:
provisions of bill authorizing school districts to pay and receive public funds
for study abroad scholarships:
(1) School districts are permitted to use the funds they get from the state and any other public or private funds to give scholarships to high school students for payment of study abroad expenses.
(2) Parents and students may pay part of the study abroad expenses.
(3) Other organizations, such as the Rotary or foundations, may pay part of the study abroad expenses.
(4) If the school district has paid at least 90% of the per student allocation from the State of Oregon as a study abroad scholarship for a specific student, that student will count for purposes of the state allocation of funds the same as if the student were present in district. (For example, if the state pays $6,200 per student to each school district, then any student receiving a study aboard scholarship of at least $5,580 (90% of $6,200) shall be counted as present in the district for purposes of the allocation of state funds.)
(5) Selection of the study abroad program shall be the responsibility of the parents and student. However, the school district must approve the specific study abroad program ahead of time. The state and school district shall have no liability for any aspect of the study abroad program.
(6) Scholarship can be used for any associated expenses such as tuition, transportation, room & board, books, etc., and not limited to tuition.
(7) Students may attend a variety of study abroad options including foreign high schools and foreign language only schools. Foreign school setting may be public or private.
(8) The study abroad program must take place in the language of the country in which the study abroad takes place.
(9) Students must live in an immersion setting, that is to say they must live with foreign families or in foreign student settings where only the foreign language is spoken.
(10)Study abroad students may go to English speaking counties.
(11) School districts may restrict their study abroad programs to
specific languages or countries.
(12) Students must be fluent in English to be eligible.
(13) At least one parent of a student must approve the study abroad program if the student is less than 18.
(14) Payment can go either to the student’s parent or directly to an organization
providing the study abroad program.
(15) To be eligible a student must
have been enrolled in an
Adjusting or waiving graduations requirements for students studying abroad
Currently students studying abroad are granted credit for
specific courses towards graduation requirements at the discretion/judgment of
their high school (usually a counselor). For students whose foreign language
fluency is such that they will take courses in a foreign high school, this
system can continue or such student may also waive the 1.0 credit for Global
Studies, 1.0 credit for English, 1.0 science credit and 1.0 math credit from
their graduation requirements. For students who may not be in regular foreign
high school classes or who may or may not be in a regular foreign high school,
but study only the foreign language for four hours or more a day (5 days a
week) in whatever setting, they should be given 4.0 credits for foreign
language study, 1.0 credits for Global Studies, and 1.0 credits for English,
plus one year of math and science each should be waived from their graduation
State level funding for scholarships for “critical need languages:”
The Oregon Department of Education would be allocated $500,000 for high school study abroad scholarships for “critical need languages.” Each scholarship would be for $3,000 for an academic year abroad. 50 in first year of biennium ($150,000). 100 in the second year of the biennium ($300,000). Plus $50,000 allocated to the Department of Education for administration. The intent is to give incentives for the most needed languages and to increase the opportunity of low income students to participate in the high school study abroad program. Only students also receiving a study abroad scholarship from a school district would be eligible. Only study of “critical need languages” eligible. The current national list of “critical need languages” includes: Arabic, Azeri (Azerbiajan), Bengali (Bangladesh and part of India), Chinese (Mandarin only), Farsi (Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan), Gujarati (state of Gujarat in India), Hindi (northern and central India), Korean, Marathi (western India), Pashto (parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan), Punjabi (parts of India and Pakistan), Russian, Tajik (Tajikistan and parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and China), Turkish, Urdu (Pakistan, similar to Hindi), and Uzbek (Uzbekistan).
(1) Department of Education’s Open Book: http://www.openbooksproject.org/district.aspx.
(2) Education, Travel and Culture: http://www.edutrav.org/study-fees.asp.
(3) Andeo: http://www.andeo.org/html/mexico2.html.
(4) Council for Standards on International Educational Travel (CSIET): http://www.csiet.org/mc/page.do.
(5) For info on “critical need languages” see http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2006/58733.htm and http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:JZy9pFCJqD8J:us.fulbrightonline.org/documents/fulbright_language.doc+critical+language+initiative&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us&client=firefox-a