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ASSIST

Today’s scholars. Tomorrow’s leaders.


MISSION STATEMENT

ASSIST creates life-changing opportunities for outstanding international scholars to attend and contribute to the finest American independent secondary schools to promote mutual understanding, cultural interchange, and global citizenship.

ASSIST Vision We believe that connecting future American leaders with future leaders of other nations makes a substantial contribution toward increasing understanding and respect across national boundaries, cultures, racial designations and religious beliefs. International outreach begins with individual relationships —relationships born through a year of academic and cultural immersion designed to affect peers, teachers, friends, family members and business associates for a lifetime. The intent of ASSIST is to continue to broaden our role in fostering global citizenship and understanding across national divides. We believe that now, more than ever, nurturing humane leaders through cross-cultural interchange affords a unique opportunity to influence the course of future world events in a positive direction.

We never could have imagined the wonderful time ahead when we agreed to have Saskia join our family for the year! We have shared so many adventures and have learned so much from her – not only about her home culture, but also about what it means for friends and family to share in life’s experiences so deeply. What a gift this year has been to all of us!” THE JOHNSON FAMILY MAUMEE VALLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL TOLEDO, OH

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Matching International Students with American Independent Schools Since our founding in 1969, ASSIST has placed outstanding international students on one-year scholarships in some of the finest independent schools in America. Over 90% complete academic work at the honors or high honors level. Acceptance is highly competitive. To shape the Class of 2013/14, ASSIST received 1,650 applications, interviewed 725 finalists, and awarded 85 full and 76 partial scholarships—an acceptance rate of 10%. ASSIST students are models of achievement, adding to the academic vitality of their American school community, and making contributions to the artistic, athletic, community service and other extracurricular programs in which they participate. They have returned home to become leaders in their own countries, appreciative of their experience and with a deep understanding of American values and culture. This is an opportunity for students, teachers and host families of member schools to come into meaningful contact with people from cultures unfamiliar to them—and for future leaders from those cultures to prepare for an adulthood of contribution at home by undertaking a challenging exchange year. ASSIST seeks students with impressive academic credentials, strong spoken and written English, engaging personalities and strong characters, leadership potential, and talents that can be shared in extracurricular programs. After a highly competitive application process and pre-screening by in-country leaders, ASSIST teams travel to interview the finalists. Placement of students is a personalized process that seeks to create an excellent fit between each student and school. The academic ability, personality and extracurricular talents of each Scholar are matched to an appropriate school where the interests of both student and school are well served.

My ASSIST experience has managed to steer my life. It invited me into a global fellowship, challenged me personally and intellectually trained me for my next steps. The ASSIST experience continues to be hugely responsible for my motivation and success. My year in the U.S. was the most fruitful year of my life.” KRYSTOF VOSATKA NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON SCHOOL ’07, OXFORD UNIVERSITY, THE CZECH REPUBLIC

School Partners Participating ASSIST schools are independent secondary schools and are members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), an esteemed association of over 1,100 schools in the U.S. and abroad. ASSIST staff or volunteers visit prospective schools to ensure that the programs available meet the needs of the talented students who apply to ASSIST. Invitations to join ASSIST are extended to schools as space becomes available in the program. Member schools reenroll annually and indicate to ASSIST how many full and partial scholarships they will offer for the following academic year. ASSIST intentionally limits the size of the program to get to know our schools well and to stay in close contact with our students. We visit many member schools annually to maintain our knowledge of the programs and feel of the campus, and to keep school colleagues abreast of developments in the program. Through this close partnership, ASSIST and our member schools work effectively to support and encourage our students.

Host Families Each ASSIST student stays with an American family during the course of his or her exchange year. Students enrolled in day schools live full-time with families; students enrolled in boarding schools spend occasional weekends and school holidays with their American hosts. These generous, volunteer families open their homes and provide a caring and supportive environment.

Arnoldas Pranckevicius was an ASSIST scholar in 1996–97 at Montclair Kimberly Academy (NJ) and was later a distinguished scholar at Colgate University (NY). He was named one of 70 worldwide Rotary World Peace Scholars, which funded his graduate work at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. After completing his Master’s Degree, Arnoldas returned to his native Lithuania, where he accepted a position as Domestic Policy Advisor to Lithuania’s President. In January 2006, he moved to Brussels after winning an open competition to work in the European Parliament, where he is responsible for relations with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. “All of this came as a great surprise, not only for my family, but for me as well. The first few months were a real challenge. But as I learned from my ASSIST experience, every challenge, if handled well, in the end can positively contribute to the growth of one’s character and to the quality of one’s endeavors.”

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Supporting ASSIST J. Wood Rutter

ASSIST is generously supported by member schools, who provide full and

Preparation and Support ASSIST prepares international students thoroughly for their exchange years.

Top 25 U.S. College Enrollment

Country coordinators work closely with students before their departure to the U.S., and the staff of ASSIST USA remains in close communication with the rising class each year. Upon arrival in the U.S., ASSIST students attend a four-day orientation program at Pomfret School in Connecticut, allowing students time to adjust, receive final preparation training, join in seminars, and develop a community of support that will enhance their American experience. Throughout the year, ASSIST remains in contact with students through monthly e-mails. ASSIST staff and our country coordinators are also available to students, school colleagues, parents and host families throughout the year for support, advice and partnership.

Harvard University (43) Columbia University (18) New York University (15) University of California (15) Stanford University (13) Yale University (13) University of Pennsylvania (12) Princeton University (10) Mount Holyoke College (9) Johns Hopkins University (9) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (8) Tufts University (7)

Alumni

George Washington University (6)

There are more than 4,300 ASSIST alumni from 50 countries. ASSIST alumni utilize their exchange experience as a springboard to launch interesting and successful lives. We have elevated the level of contact and support among alumni by launching a private web site where alumni can correspond, receive and offer advice on education, offer and seek internships and jobs, and learn of ASSIST social events worldwide. In a recent survey, 95% of alumni gave their ASSIST year their very high to highest rating as a positive, life-changing experience. In recent years, students have expressed increasing interest in attending American colleges and universities. More than 300 alumni have received scholarships and enrolled at American colleges and universities.

Furman University (5)

Brown University (5) Hamilton College (5) Lafayette College (5) Macalester College (5) American College (4)

partial scholarships to ASSIST Scholars. In addition, ASSIST’s costs are underwritten by foundation grants, donations from parents, alumni and friends, income from an endowment, school membership fees, and program fees. Increasingly, ASSIST depends on the generosity of those who believe in and have benefited from our mission. Fully a third of our operating revenue derives from donations. We rely on gift funding to keep program fees within reach of most Scholars, to support those Scholars unable to make any contribution, and to sustain a worldwide operation of excellence. Through your involvement in and support of ASSIST’s work, impressive young people from around the globe will have an opportunity to acquire the skills and experiences their countries need to prosper and to foster good will in the world. For more information, visit our website www.assist-inc.org and select Become a Donor.

Head Emeritus, Beaufort Academy; 30-year member of the ASSIST Board of Directors. “I can think of no better way to make a difference in a young person’s life and the life and thinking of a school than to sponsor an ASSIST Scholar. It has been my pleasure to do so for ten years.”

Aukse Jurkute ’93 Deerfield Academy (MA), Managing Director, Head of Global Corporate and Investment Banking for Russia/ CIS, Bank of America Merrill Lynch “Ten years ago, someone’s generosity made possible a life-

Amherst College (4)

changing experience for me. My

Bates College (4)

ASSIST experience opened up

Cornell University (4)

windows to the world and doors

Duke University (4)

to my higher education, my job,

Northwestern University (4)

my sense of self and others. Now

Wellesley College (4)

it is my turn to make the ASSIST experience possible for another Lithuanian Scholar. I can think of no

Almost 100% of our alumni attend universities, many in the most respected centers of learning worldwide. 6

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better way to invest in the future than through ASSIST.”

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What School Heads are Saying “Hockaday has welcomed ASSIST students to our campus for more than 15 years. Each year, the girls who join us contribute to our community through their enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and participation in a wide variety of campus activities. A recent ASSIST student described her experience in this program as ‘living a dream.’ Our ASSIST students embrace every opportunity at Hockaday and tell us that they can’t wait to apply everything they’ve learned upon their return. Just as important, our ASSIST students enrich our community. It is truly a win-win situation!” Kim Wargo Eugene McDermott Headmistress The Hockaday School (TX)

ASSIST Countries 2013/14 Australia Austria Bulgaria China Croatia Czech Republic Germany

Hungary Italy Lithuania Moldova Palestine Poland Romania

Slovakia Somaliland Spain Sweden Turkey Vietnam

ASSIST Member Schools 2013/14 Albuquerque Academy, NM Baldwin School, PA Berkshire School, MA Blake School, MN Bosque School, NM Brunswick School, CT Canterbury School, IN Catlin Gabel School, OR Chadwick School, CA Chatham Hall, VA Christ School, NC Colorado Rocky Mountain School, CO Culver Academies, IN Darlington School, GA Deerfield Academy, MA Episcopal Academy, PA Episcopal High School, VA Ethel Walker School, CT Ethical Culture Fieldston School, NY Fountain Valley School, CO Galloway School, GA Garrison Forest School, MD

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Greenhill School, TX Hawken School, OH Hebron Academy, ME Hill School, PA Hockaday School, TX Hotchkiss School, CT Indian Springs School, AL Key School, MD Lancaster Country Day School, PA Laurel School, OH Lawrenceville School, NJ Madeira School, VA Maret School, DC Masters School, NY Maumee Valley Country Day School, OH Menlo School, CA Mercersburg Academy, PA Miss Hall’s School, MA Morristown-Beard School, NJ National Cathedral School, DC New Hampton School, NH Norfolk Academy, VA

North Shore Country Day School, IL Parish Episcopal School, TX Peddie School, NJ Pennington School, NJ Perkiomen School, PA Phillips Exeter Academy, NH Porter-Gaud School, SC Potomac School, VA Princeton Day School, NJ Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, GA Saint Andrew’s School, FL Salem Academy, NC Salisbury School, CT Sandia Preparatory School, NM Santa Fe Preparatory School, NM Sewickley Academy, PA Shady Side Academy, PA Sidwell Friends School, DC Solebury School, PA St. Albans School, DC St. Andrew’s School, DE St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, TN St. Catherine’s School, VA

St. Christopher’s School, VA St. John’s School, TX St. Margaret’s School, VA St. Mark’s School of Texas, TX St. Paul’s School, NH St. Timothy’s School, MD Stoneleigh-Burnham School, MA Stony Brook School, NY Suffield Academy, CT Taft School, CT Trinity Preparatory School, FL Wasatch Academy, UT Washington International School, DC Waterford School, UT Wayland Academy, WI Western Reserve Academy, OH Westminster School, CT White Mountain School, NH Woodberry Forest School, VA Woodward Academy, GA Wyoming Seminary, PA

“Each and every year, St. Andrew’s welcomes an ASSIST student to our community, and each and every year at graduation, we realize that the School has been transformed and enriched by the spirit, grace and intelligence of these students. Those of us who have been affiliated with ASSIST have always known that America and American schools need international students to contribute to the diversity of their communities. ASSIST students learn so much and enjoy their year away with us. But we learn so much more.” Daniel T. Roach, Jr. Headmaster St. Andrew’s School (DE) “Our ASSIST Scholars have made a tremendous impact on the life of our school and the way our students view the world. They arrive intent on making the most of every experience and depart having left an impressive mark on our school community. They are serious students and significant contributors to our arts, athletics and other programs. Most importantly, however, they are eager to share their cultures and traditions with their new student peers. I have been impressed with their “can-do, will-do” attitude, zest for life and complete lack of any pretense. They exhibit the very qualities we hope to instill in all of our students: courage, open-mindedness, resilience, curiosity and compassion.” F. Robertson Hershey Headmaster Episcopal High School (VA) Today’s scholars. Tomorrow’s leaders.

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ASSIST Board of Directors ASSIST is also fortunate to have a worldwide network of volunteers.

Through the Board of Directors, ASSIST extends its reach through the active participation of alumni, alumni parents and friends around the globe. ASSIST leadership (l to r): Matthew Kunkel, Meg Moulton, Marty Milne and Bob Stanley

Board of Directors Richard P. Hall

Ulrich Graebner ’84

Catherine M. Tinsley

Chair of the Board

Deerfield Academy, MA

Washington, DC

Head of School Emeritus

Managing Director, Leonardo & Co.,

Washington International School, DC

Leadership of ASSIST Yi-ming Yang

Mr. Stanley served in American independent schools for 13 years and has previous experience in the corporate world. Mr. Stanley is a graduate of Suffield Academy, Brown University and Yale University Divinity School.

Mr. Milne has served in independent schools in the United States and abroad for 13 years and is a graduate of Eaglebrook School, Deerfield Academy, St. Lawrence University and State University of New York Albany.

Margaret Milne Moulton, Vice President for Marketing & Comm. (2009) Ms. Moulton was the founding director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and has been a consultant to independent schools for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (MA), and has studied abroad and at Harvard’s Executive Education Program.

Matthew Kunkel, Director of Development (2013) Mr. Kunkel served on the Board of LaSalle Academy and was one of the school’s development officers. He was previously an aide to New York Governor George Pataki. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Manhattanville College.

ASSIST Overseas Leaders In addition to staff in ASSIST’s international headquarters in Suffield, CT, the organization maintains a part-time employee or volunteer leader in 19 countries. Our colleagues promote the program, prescreen candidates, prepare and orient the students, and provide support during the placement year. They keep ASSIST abreast of important national trends and serve both ASSIST and member schools as liaisons to families throughout the exchange year. 10

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Grace M. Tompkins McLean, VA

Robert A. Stanley, Jr., President (Appointed 2000)

J. Martin Milne, Vice President for School and Family Relations (2009)

Germany

Pamela M. Thye

Sean T. Harris ’95

Vice Chair of the Board

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, TN

Jeffery T. Wack, Ph.D.

Greenwich, CT

Director, Christian Birkenstock

President

Consulting GmbH, Germany

was the first ASSIST

JTWack and Company, LLC, CT

alumnus elected to

Andrew Wooden

serve on our Board

Vice Chair of the Board

Aukse Jurkute ’93

Priscilla Winn

of Directors. An

Head of School

Deerfield Academy, MA

Head of School Emerita

Marymount of Santa Barbara, CA

Managing Director, Bank of America

The Brearley School, NY

ASSIST student from China who

Merrill Lynch, U.K.

attended The Taft School (CT) in 1986–87, Yi-ming was an outstanding Scholar at Taft and, even though

Robert Fleishman

Yi-ming Yang ’87, M.D.

Treasurer of the Board

Robert H. Mattoon, Jr., Ph.D.

The Taft School, CT

Partner

Co-Head of School

Cardiologist

Steptoe & Johnson, DC

Avenues, The World School, NY

Weill Cornell Medical College, NY

Dale L. Wentz

Andrew C. Pilaro

Secretary of the Board

Vice Chairman

College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Former Director of Admissions

CAP Advisers Limited, NY

He has won numerous awards for

North Shore Country Day School, IL

a one-year student, was chosen as commencement speaker. Yi-ming is currently a cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He is a graduate of Peking University and Columbia University

J. Wood Rutter

scholarship and research and is widely published in the medical

Philippa M. Bond ’89

Headmaster Emeritus

community.

The Taft School, CT

Beaufort Academy, SC

“For a Chinese student coming

Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, CA Robert A. Stanley, Jr. (ex officio)

to America at that young age, ASSIST presented me with the

John R. Eidam

greatest challenges of my life, but

Dean of Admission

at the same time provided me with the best support to meet those challenges. Suddenly, I discovered potentials that I didn’t even know existed in me. I am the person I am today because of ASSIST.”

Wyoming Seminary, PA

President, ASSIST Bruce B. Stewart Head of School Emeritus Sidwell Friends School, DC

ASSIST is a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status incorporated in Vermont. ASSIST is designated by the United States Department of State as an authorized Exchange Visitor Program. ASSIST is able to facilitate the issuance of the J-1 visa under which our students study in the U.S. for one academic year on Exchange Visitor status.

ASSIST does not discriminate, nor does it condone harassment on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other basis proscribed by applicable policies or laws.


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Today’s scholars. Tomorrow’s leaders. American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers P.O. Box 969 Suite 217, Suffield Village 68 Bridge Street Suffield, Connecticut 06078 USA Telephone: (860) 668-5706 Facsimile: (860) 668-5726 assist@assist-inc.org www.assist-inc.org

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