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Host a Spanish student for three weeks

BRATTLEBORO >> Host families are urgently needed for a group of Spanish students will be spending three-and-a-half weeks in southern Vermont this summer to improve their English and experience American family life. These boys and girls, who range in age from 15 to 17, arrive June 25 and depart on July 20.

Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips to Boston, and Six Flags. It's fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling, and students have their own spending money and medical insurance.

Hosting a student from another country is a great way to expand your family's horizons, share some summer experiences with a teen who's eager to learn, and to make a lifelong friend from another country. Interested families are encouraged to call Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710 or email as soon as possible. A stipend is available to cover some expenses.

Stephen and Nita Lowey launch SIT scholarship fund

BRATTLEBORO >> A $500,000 gift from long-time institutional supporters Stephen and Nita Lowey will make it financially possible for more students to participate in SIT Graduate Institute programs starting this fall.

Stephen Lowey is a chair emeritus trustee of World Learning and Nita Lowey is a member of Congress from New York. They have pledged $100,000 per year over five years through the Stephen and Nita Lowey SIT Graduate Institute Scholarship Fund to support needs-based scholarships for students enrolled in master's degree programs starting in fall 2016.

"Through its experiential educational model, SIT Graduate Institute prepares students for careers in international development and teaching. They will become leaders meeting global humanitarian challenges and strong forces for good in the world," said Stephen Lowey. "Nita and I are proud to support them as they join a worldwide network of individuals and organizations promoting responsible citizenship and peace."


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