NEW SCHOLARSHIP HONORS LEGACY OF INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENT
Washington, DC (November 13, 2014) The Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship offers the opportunity for a high school student from St. Cloud, MN (preference will be given to applicants from Technical High School) to spend a year as an exchange student in Germany.
Alexander Voigt was an international exchange student from Germany to St. Cloud, MN. He attended Technical High School, where he made his mark as a member of both the soccer and track teams. Known for his compassion, aptitude and adventurous spirit, Alex was a bright and charismatic young man. While participating in an aerial tour over his adopted city this past June, during the final week of his exchange, Alex was taken in a fatal crash. His family, so touched by the outpouring of support they received from the St. Cloud and YFU communities, and as strong believers in the importance of studying abroad, have funded this scholarship in their son’s honor. Donations to the Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship are being accepted, however, the Voigt/Jetter Family
Finalists for the scholarship will be reviewed by a board of St. Cloud representatives chaired by Mayor Dave Kleis who was Alexander’s host father while in MN, together with the Voigt/Jetter Family to select the recipient(s) for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
The Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship application deadline is January 5, 2015* and includes:
*Deadline subject to change.
- Round-trip travel (domestic and international)
- Placement with a carefully selected host family
- School placement
- 24-hour student support
- Local pre-departure Orientation for scholarship recipients and family
- National pre-departure Orientation for scholarship recipients
- Language courses in Germany upon arrival (if needed) and orientations throughout the year
- Opportunity to meet with the Voigt/Jetter Family who are sponsoring the scholarship
“YFU is a special family that transcends borders and cultures because we believe in exchange and the brave young adults who each embark on their own life changing journeys. Alexander was an exemplary young man, who was kind, intelligent and loved by so many,” said Michael E. Hill, YFU’s President & CEO. “He had followed in his own parents' footsteps as they too were once
A thank you letter written by Alex’s family – a wonderful tribute to Alexander and the spirit of intercultural exchange – can be found in the St. Cloud Times.
Youth For Understanding (YFU)