LRCH Grad Earns Language Scholarship to Study Abroad

Photo of Karina BaoShe's the former U.S. Brain Bee Champ, earned a perfect score on the ACT, and now Karina Bao can add another distinction to her credit - recipient of the prestigious National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI -Y) scholarship.  This latest feat will allow the 2017 Little Rock Central High graduate to study Arabic in Morocco this summer.  She is among approximately 600 students nationally, who will recieve the highly competitive scholarship to study in a foreign country. 

Regarding the honor, Bao released the following statement:

"I just graduated Little Rock Central High School this year, and I encourage all Arkansas students who have an interest in studying languages and understanding other cultures to apply to this transformational program. NSLI-Y offers intensive study in languages that are not traditionally taught in schools like Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, and Russian. Usually it's quite difficult to study one of these languages independently, but the internet has allowed us to connect with thousands of native speakers around the world and programs like NSLI-Y allow us to be immersed in another country, surrounded by people that are not the same as us. We are living in a critical time, so we must strive to understand each other in a more meaningful and personal way. Through cuisine, conversations, and new adventures, I'm excited to spend time with my host family and study the beautiful language of Arabic through this amazing opportunity with NSLI-Y. I'm extremely grateful for my teachers at Central who had the confidence in me to encourage me to apply to NSLI-Y." - Karina Bao

Bao will be attending Brown University in the fall where she also eventually plans to attend medical school. 

News Release from NSLI-Y