The Foreign Service Journal, September 2011

A F S A N E W S 58 F OR E I GN S E R V I C E J OU R N A L / S E P T EMB E R 2 0 1 1 Jason Kazi, son of Foreign Service employee Pamela Kazi and general services office employee Towhid Kazi, has been awarded one of 650 National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year. The merit-based scholarships are for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Funded by the Department of State, the NSLI-Y program is administered by a consortium of nonprofit organizations led by American Councils for International Education and includes American Field Service-USA, international Educations And Resource Network-USA and Concordia Language Villages. The NSLI-Y scholarship enables Jason to study Hindi in India for the summer. The merit- based scholarship covers all program costs for participants including domestic and interna- tional travel; tuition and related academic preparation; support and testing for language study; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; applica- ble visa fees; three meals per day; and accommodations, preferably in a host family. The NSLI-Y program aims to spark a lifelong interest in foreign languages and cultures among a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dia- logue by building on the foundations developed through person-to-person relationships. NSLI-Y offers overseas study opportunities for summer, semester and academic-year lan- guage learning in Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Russian and Turkish. NSLI-Y scholars are between 15 and 18 years old. Applications for 2012-2013 NSLI-Y pro- grams will be available at in the early fall. AFSA/TLG Intern Every year, AFSA and the Thursday Luncheon Group sponsor a minority college student for a summer internship at the Department of State. This year’s intern is Matthew Thompkins, whose name we misspelled in the June edition of AFSA News ― our apologies! Please look for an article on Matthew and his summer experience in the October issue. AFSA NEWS BRIEFS In the article, “Work-Life Balance in the Foreign Service,” in the July-August issue (p. 50): Faye Barnes, not Judy Ikels, quot- ed former Secretary of State Colin Powell. We regret the error. FS High School Student Wins Hard-Language Scholarship dees appreciated the chance to meet active-duty FSOs. One participant com- mented later that: “Hearing fromFSOs is fantastic—somethingyoudon’t get on the variousWeb sites,”while another said that the seminar was “Very in depth, the best information session for FSO careers that I've been to.” The enthusiastic question-and-answer sessions covered everything from general inquiries about the various specialist posi- tions at State to detailed questions on the ForeignServiceofficer selectionprocess. At each event in Washington, audience members signed up to receive more information about AFSA, picked up copies of the FSJ , purchasedcopies of Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work , and discussed the work of the Foreign Service with AFSA staff and the seminar guests from State and USAID. AFSA-FPA • Continued from page 57 LEGAL SERVICES ATTORNEYWITH 30 years’ successful experience SPECIALIZING FULL-TIME IN FS GRIEVANCES will more than double your chance of winning: 30%of grievants win before the Grievance Board; 85% of my clients win. Only a private attorney can adequately develop and present your case, including necessary regs, arcane legal doc- trines, precedents and rules. Call Bridget R. Mugane at Tel: (301) 596-0175 or (202) 387-4383. E-mail: Free initial telephone consultation WILLS/ESTATE PLANNING by attorney who is a former FSO. Have your will reviewed and updated, or new one prepared: No charge for initial consultation. M. Bruce Hirshorn, Boring & Pilger, P.C. 307 Maple Ave. W, Suite D, Vienna, VA 22180. Tel: (703) 281-2161. Fax: (703) 281-9464. E-mail: LEGAL SERVICES ATTORNEYS EXPERIENCED IN REPRESENTING FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS and intelligence community members in civil and criminal investigations, administrative inquiries, IG issues, griev- ances, disciplinary investigations, and security clearance issues. Extensive State Department experience, both as counsel to the IGand in L and in representing individual officers. We have handled suc- cessfully some particularly difficult cases confronting Foreign Service and intelligence officers, both before the Foreign Service Grievance Board and in the federal and local courts. We work closely with AFSA when appropriate and cost effective. Doumar Martin PLLC. Tel: (703) 243-3737. Fax (703) 524-7610. E-mail: Web site: PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD: $1.40/word (10-word min). Hyperlink $11.00 in online edition. Bold text 85¢/word. Header or box-shading $11 each. Deadline: 5 wks ahead of publication. Tel: (202) 944-5507. Fax: (202) 338-8244. E-mail: CLASSIFIEDS