PALMDALE – Anneliese Galler, a 2022 graduate of Quartz Hill High School, was one of only 65 students nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. The 17-year-old will live with a host family and study in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The merit-based scholarship covers the full cost of an academic year abroad, providing Anneliese a full academic and cultural immersion experience, and helping her develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community.
Through Anneliese’s participation in the YES Abroad program, she will be at the forefront of citizen diplomacy, serving as a “youth ambassador” in her host country, enhancing cross-cultural understanding and deepening trust by building lasting relationships with her host family and peers, and engaging in volunteer service and leadership training to help her host community. Through the YES Abroad experience, Anneliese will develop the skills to share American values, find new ways for America to compete effectively in the global marketplace, and contribute to a more peaceful world.
The Kennedy-Lugar YES program was first authorized by Congress in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, as an effort to increase dialogue and mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of countries with significant Muslim populations. Initially created as a program for international high school students to live and study in the United States, the YES program was expanded in 2009 to include YES Abroad for American high school students to study overseas. For the 2022-2023 academic year, YES Abroad provides opportunities for Americans to study for one academic year in 12 countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey.
Upon her return from Bosnia in summer 2023, Anneliese will attend University of California, Berkeley, and has an approved deferral by the university for the 2022-2023 school year to participate in the YES Abroad program. Anneliese lives in Palmdale with her parents Bruce and Nancy, sister Emma, and three dogs.
The YES Abroad program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit www.yes-abroad.org.