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."