The New York-based Russian American Foundation has selected Emma Bergman, of New Milford, for the prestigious NSLI For Youth Program.

She will spend six weeks studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

The program, to start July 13, is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Launched as part of a U.S. government initiative in 2006, NSLI-Y seeks to increase Americans' capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal and informal language learning, and an intensive cultural immersion experience.

The NSLI-Y scholarship covers all costs associated with the program, including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals and accommodations.

As part of the program, 15 young dancers will spend six weeks in Moscow, where they will train with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, considered one of the greatest ballet academies in the world, while studying Russian language, history, arts and culture.

Prior to their departure for Moscow, the students will have three weeks of intensive ballet training in New York City with RAF's Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, now in its sixth year of an exclusive U.S. summer residency, sponsored by the Russian American Foundation.