New Scholarship Promotes Link Between Homestay Programs and College Readiness

ANDEO International Homestays has announced its first annual college scholarship. The $1000 award will be administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission. Applications are due online by 5pm on March 1st, 2013.
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Jan. 2, 2013 - PRLog -- International Homestays has announced its first annual college scholarship. One high school senior from Oregon or Washington who has demonstrated commitment to ANDEO’s mission of promoting cross-cultural friendship and understanding will be selected for the $1000 award.

The ANDEO scholarship will be facilitated by the Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC), a state agency that administers over 400 scholarships for Oregon students through a common application process. OSAC reports over 15 million dollars in scholarship funds available in 2013. Students may apply at

Successful applicants for the ANDEO scholarship will have completed at least three years of a foreign language by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year and have hosted a student through ANDEO sometime during the period of January, 2011 to May, 2013. Applications are due online by March 1st, 2013 at 5pm.

According to Melinda Samis, founder of ANDEO International Homestays, the ANDEO scholarship is a way of acknowledging the generosity, goodwill, and curiosity of Northwest families who open their homes and hearts to teenagers from across the globe.

“It’s also a way of bringing attention to how hosting helps prepare students for college,” Samis added.  “These days it’s fairly common for college-bound high school students to go abroad. What many don’t realize is that hosting offers similar opportunities for growth and transformation. American students who host learn how to negotiate differences, build common ground, understand ideas from new perspectives, and take a more personal interest in global events.”

Based in Oregon, ANDEO International Homestays is a non-profit organization that has been specializing in international homestay programs since 1981. In addition to short-term hosting opportunities, ANDEO also offers programs abroad for individual high school students and teacher-led groups. Visit for more information.
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