HOLDEN, Maine — Kristen Settele of Holden has been awarded one of approximately 625 National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarships for 2013-2014. The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. The scholarship will enable Settele to study Chinese in China for the summer. The scholarship covers all program costs for participants including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals; and accommodations, usually with a host family. For information about U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs, visit exchanges.state.gov.