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BSC Student Howard Coston Awarded Prestigious Congress-Bundestag Scholarship (w/photo)

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    Friday, March 05 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

Preparing for the Global Marketplace: Local Young Professional To Gain Academic and Work Experience Through Cultural Exchange to Germany:

Coston_HowardBluefield State College student Howard Coston has been selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long, federally-funded program for study and work in Germany.  Mr. Coston is a constituent of US Congressional Representative Brad Miller (North Carolina’s 13th district).  CDS International, the administering organization, selected Mr. Coston as one of 75 participants (among nearly 650 applicants) for this scholarship program.  Since 1984, approximately 9,000 Americans have been given this unique opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany.

Through this exchange program, Howard will be part of a group of seventy-five Americans who will participate in two months of intensive German language training, four months of study at a German university or professional school, and a five month internship with a German company (internships vary according to professional field and previous work experience).  Placed throughout all of Germany, participants have the opportunity to live with a German host and learn about daily life in another culture. He will be abroad from late July 2010 through July 2011.

“As a participant I look forward to gaining experience with the strongest the European Union has to offer,” Coston noted.  “When applying for this scholarship I knew the competition would be intense but I know with God all things are possible!”

CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants like Mr. Coston will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will be experiencing life here in the United States. German CBYX participants study at community and technical colleges in the fall then work at local businesses in the spring, all while living with an American host throughout the year. CDS International is currently looking for interested host families, host companies and host colleges who would like to take part in this exciting cultural exchange.

Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and the German Parliament (Bundestag), the program is financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended, as well as the German Parliament.  Program funding provides for international airfare; orientation, mid-year and final seminars in the US and Germany; insurance; partial local transportation; and limited monthly stipends for housing costs.  Applications for the 2011-2012 program year will be downloadable as of July 2010.  Interested potential applicants can visit www.cdsintl.org/cbyx for more information, or write to:  CDS International, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016.  The CDS website:  www.cbyx.info and e-mail address:  cbyx@cdsintl.org

The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, technical, engineering, vocational, and agricultural fields, though candidates in all career fields are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and experience in their professional fields. German language ability is not required, but is strongly recommended.