The week before Christmas


I can't believe it is the Holidays already

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the houses, some exchange students were stirring, but most were quite as mouses. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas, Papa Noel, Father Christmas, would soon be there. With the host parents in their kerchiefs, and Area reps in your caps, time for the students to settle in for a long winter’s nap.

Jodi Kiefer Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Jodi Kiefer, dedicated advocate for the ASSE & World Heritage International Student Exchange Programs for over 25 years, the Kiefer Family offers a full scholarship for a North American high school student with financial needs to study abroad during the high school year 2016-17. Jodi began her exchange student experiences as a host sister to a student from Sweden and then as an exchange student herself to Germany. Having benefited from high school international exchange firsthand, after college she began a lifelong career with ASSE. Jodi believed that one student can make a huge impact and helped thousands of American families and teenagers from other countries realize the value of cultural exchange.

Through the Jodi Kiefer Memorial Scholarship, the Kiefer family is sponsoring one student during the 2016-17 school year helping dreams come true and keeping Jodi’s legacy alive. The Jodi Kiefer Memorial Scholarship covers 100% of the year program fee, comprehensive insurance and monthly pocket money, one optional field trip in the host country and roundtrip airfare for one student highly motivated but lacking funds to participate in an exchange program.

Applicants must be between 15 and 18.5 years old at departure and have a minimum of a 3.4 GPA. Please submit your Preliminary Application online at by March 1st 2016.

Jodi’s passion for international student exchange will enable one exceptional student to spend a school year abroad, making the world a better place!