Flagship Scholarships

Arizona AFP participants may receive competitive Flagship scholarship funding, which is intended to offset a large portion of the costs for overseas Flagship programs in Meknes, Morocco (summer intensive and Capstone year). These Flagship scholarships are merit-based, and students must achieve specified language proficiency requirements and demonstrate a strong record of program attendance in order to be considered for Flagship scholarships. Please note, that Flagship scholarships must be used for approved Flagship programs. Students who have not submitted a completed FASFA or registered in the Flagship Certification System will not be eligible to receive funding. Unlike other Flagship program participants, a Flagship cadet on any ROTC scholarship is eligible to receive FULL funding for the Flagship summer intensive and Capstone programs overseas from the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. An Arizona AFP student who wishes to receive Flagship scholarship funding for the 2021 Flagship Overseas Summer Intensive Program or the 2020-2021 Flagship Capstone year overseas must:

  • Complete an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in mid-January and qualify to study at a Flagship overseas program. Summer applicants must reach at least Intermediate-High proficiency and Capstone applicants must reach at least Advanced proficiency as described by the ACTFL scale.
  • Complete an application for an overseas Flagship program and be accepted to that program.
  • Be in good standing with Arizona AFP. During each semester as a program participant, a student must obtain the equivalent of a B+ or above in Arabic language classes and follow a program of study approved by Arizona AFP Academic Director, Dr. Sonia Shiri. This commitment includes attending two individualized tutoring sessions per week (or more as needed), as well as interacting with peer language partners. Each student must also obtain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and attend Arizona AFP meetings and cultural activities, contributing actively and positively to our community.
  • Present a formal letter, with justification, requesting Flagship scholarship funding for Academic Director, Dr. Sonia Shiri. This may be submitted electronically, by U.S. mail, or in person to Arizona AFP Coordinator, Niomi Fimbres.
  • Flagship cadets on ROTC scholarships must also submit letters from their Commanders as proof of their ROTC scholarships in order to be eligible to receive FULL funding for Flagship overseas programs. This letter should include the student’s name, field of study, type of ROTC scholarship, the semester the scholarship went into effect, and the expected length of the scholarship.

Funding Opportunities for High School Students from the State Department's Youth Programs Division

The U.S. Department of State provides over 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad (https://exchanges.state.gov/highschool/) for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries.  These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions.  The NSLI-Y, and YES Abroad programs are accepting applications now, Youth Ambassadors will be open soon.

-    National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) - https://www.nsliforyouth.org/
-    Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) http://www.yes-abroad.org/
-    Youth Ambassadors - http://youthambassadorsprogram.org 

These scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family).  Most programs have no language prerequisites, and applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18.  Seniors are welcome to apply and can travel after graduation, as long as they meet the age requirement.  

The U.S. Department of State is committed to diversity and inclusion in exchange programs that reflect the diversity of U.S. society.  We seek and encourage the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.  We are particularly interested in recruiting applicants who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.