Kawthar Benarouch and Carmela Cadja, both Edina High School 10th-graders, have been selected as scholarship recipients for the 2022 AFS Global STEM Academy in India. They are two of 113 students currently in the Edina Rotary Global Scholars program at the High School, according to a district press release.

The AFS Global STEM Academies are full-scholarship, STEM and sustainability-focused intercultural exchange programs for teens age 15-17 from over 14 countries across the world.

The Academies consist of two parts: a virtual exchange curriculum and an immersive, hands-on travel experience in person.

Benarouch and Cadja will spend four weeks in India this summer, participating in real-life case studies on STEM and sustainability and enhancing skills required to advance a sustainable future, the news release said.

The Edina Rotary Global Scholars program, a learning pathway at Edina High School, partners with the two Edina Rotary clubs and the Edina Education Fund to provide students the opportunity to work with students from other countries on projects that have a global impact. Students receive support, mentoring and leadership training. Completion of this pathway is honored when a student graduates.

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