Oakdale High School student Kalkidan Curtis has been awarded a Vaya a America Latina scholarship for $5,000 from AFS Intercultural Programs/USA.
Kalkidan will study in a Costa Rican high school for the spring semester and live with a host family.
"I am thrilled and honored to be one of the recipients of the Vaya a America Latina scholarship," Kalkidan said in a news release. "For a very long time, I have had an interest in the world and the many cultures that it cradles. I hope in my lifetime I can immerse myself in many different cultures and learn the many languages spoken in different parts of the word. I feel that this opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica will be my first step in becoming a world citizen."
AFS participants learn how to speak the language in the host country, navigate in a different cultural context and marshal a global perspective on issues. AFS-USA awards more than $3 million in scholarships and financial aid to students across the country each year.
Through its Pink October Playing for the Cure fund-raiser, the Enochs High School volleyball team raised $212.25 to fight breast cancer. The money was donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.