BANGOR, Maine — The Chinese Learning and Cultural Center of Maine and the Bangor Chinese School have announced 20 scholarships are available to provide eligible Maine high school students statewide an opportunity to study in and explore cities across China.

Students ages 15-18 are eligible to apply whether they have had any language education or not, but intensive training will be required before leaving.

Language instruction also will be provided in China at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and students will be exposed to the cultural and historical aspects of five Chinese cities, according to the Bangor Chinese School’s director, Jing Zhang.

The scholarships will cover lodging, dining, transportation and educational expenses, Zhang said.

A total of $168,200 in funding for the project is coming from various sources, including the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, which is part of a multiagency U.S. government language initiative. According to the Bangor Chinese School’s website,, the “purpose of the program is to prepare American citizens to be leaders in a global world.”

Anyone interested in the July 17 to Aug. 28 trip can visit the Bangor Chinese School’s website at or contact the school at 990-0710 for more information on the application process.

Any student who wants to make the journey must be ages 15 to 18, a U.S. citizen and enrolled in high school with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Application must submitted by April 5.

Zhang said this trip which will take place over six weeks this summer is particularly exciting for her and students of the Chinese language.  Zhang said she has taken students to the country in the past, but never this many.

The trip, says Zhang, will consist of visits to Harbin in the northeast of China and Kunming in the southwest.  From there, students and their three educational chaperones will travel to some of China’s largest city-centers such as Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. The group will spend roughly a week in each location.