Frederick High sophomore Charley Drayer is spending this year studying in Poland, courtesy of a full scholarship to take part in the Future Leaders Exchange FLEX Abroad program through the U.S. Department of State.
She is one of only 15 students nationwide selected to take part in the program, which covers the 2022-23 school year.
Drayer’s scholarship covers the full cost of an academic year abroad and allows Charley to attend a high school in Poland. It also will help her develop the skills necessary to become a leader in whatever academic or employment opportunities she pursues. Through the FLEX Abroad program, Charley will serve as a youth ambassador in Poland and engage in volunteer service and leadership training to help her host community.
While the FLEX Abroad program was approved by Congress in 1992 to allow international students to study and live in the U.S., this is the first year that American high schoolers are permitted to do the same in select countries overseas.