RAF Celebrates International Education Week with Scholarship Opportunity

RAFIEWLOGOsmallRAF is excited to announce its support of International Education Week (IEW).  A joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, IEW is meant to celebrate the worldwide exchange of culture and ideas.

We would like to challenge all BBASI participants, past and present, to create an informative and engaging presentation for their community (academic or ballet) describing the impact exposure to another culture has had on their lives.  As we find IEW’s mission parallel to our own, RAF will be awarding six $250 scholarships to BBASI alumni for outstanding presentations that best exemplify how BBASI experience has help them to become not just a student of ballet, but a student of the world.


In the context of your BBASI experience, how has exposure to Russian language and culture impacted your life?  In planning your presentation, you may consider any of the themes below, or create one of your own:

– Value of Russian language and culture study
– Opportunities for American citizens to study Russian language
– Stereotypes that exist between cultures/people and how you overcame them
– Comparison of your culture with Russian culture and tips for overcoming the differences
– Is there a need to be more globally aware and engaged, and how


In the context of your BBASI experience, how has Russian OR American culture impacted your life?  In planning your presentation, consider the following themes.  In planning your presentation, you may consider any of the themes below, or create one of your own:

– Value of learning another language or studying another culture
– Stereotypes that exist between cultures/people and how you overcame them
– Comparison of your culture with American and/or Russian culture and tips for overcoming the differences
– Is there a need to be more globally aware and engaged, and how


Anyone who has ever successfully completed a Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program (BBASI NYC, BBASI CT, BBASI Prep, or NSLI-Y Moscow) is invited to participate.

The six scholarships of $250 each will be awarded as follows to:

– Two (2) students ages 9-14
– Two (2) participants ages 15+
– Two (2) NSLI-Y Program alumni

In order to be considered, you must:

– give your presentation during the week of November 17 – 21, 2014.
– submit to RAF no later than December 10, 2014 (all in one packet)
– photos of your presentation, related materials or visuals (posters, slideshows, handouts, etc.)
– this completed application detailing your activities including: a summary of what you did, details on your chosen audience /community, how many people were in attendance, and a description of your presentation’s reception (we do not need a hard copy)
– All materials must be received by RAF office (address below) by December 10, 2014.

Russian American Foundation, Inc.
Attn: International Education Week Scholarship Submission
70 W. 36th St, Suite 701
New York, NY 10018


– Winners in each category will be announced by email by January 10, 2014.
– Each winner will receive a $250 scholarship from RAF to be used towards their Academic or Ballet studies

To help you approach your community leader, please see this letter from the Russian American Foundation with more information about the International Education Week.

BBASI Program alumni planning to participate should contact Alana Vogel, Assistant Director of BBASI CT (avogel@russianamericanfoundation.org) stating their intent to do so no later than October 17, 2014.  You may also contact Alana with other questions regarding your BBASI presentation.

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