My name is Steven McCollum, I am 16 years old, and a Junior at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. I am an honor student who works very hard to maintain a high GPA and I am doing all I can to increase my odds of attending the University of Notre Dame. I was recently recommended and accepted to participate as a student leader in the People to People Student Ambassador Program to France, Italy and Greece this summer. This 20-day exchange consists of: meetings with government officials, interaction with other students my age, educational activities, and home stays with host families. People to People Ambassadors are carefully interviewed and evaluated before their acceptance into the program, and I am honored to have been selected. I am excited to share my experience with my peers, family, and friends when I return. As an Ambassador I can earn high school and college credit because of the many educational elements in my program. This educational experience will increase my understanding of the world and give me the opportunity to learn firsthand about new places and cultures. Such knowledge will help me become the best citizen I can be. This program will also give me an edge when applying to colleges in the very near future. In case you haven’t heard of People to People, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People in 1956. He believed that if people from different cultures could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would nations. Programs like Sister Cities, Project HOPE, and the Student/Sports Ambassador Program were created by People to People, and have become independent programs since then. For more information, you can visit their website at: www.peopletopeople.com Any contribution would enable me to share in this wonderful opportunity. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!