News Release

Rosetta Stone Awards “Communicate and Connect Scholarship” to Former ESL Student
Winner Selected Among More Than 700 Entries

Arlington, VA (January 11, 2011) Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions, announced today the recipient of the Rosetta Stone® Communicate and Connect Scholarship for graduating English as a Second Language (ESL) high school seniors. The winner, Velina Zabtcheva, now attends Bennington College, a liberal arts college located in Bennington, Vermont, and is studying psychology and cultural studies. Participants in the scholarship contest were asked to describe “how learning English impacted your life” for their essay submission.  The judging panel, made up of former educators, reviewed more than 700 essays and selected Velina’s entry, and awarded her a cash award of $3,000 to be used towards her college education.

Velina’s story is especially compelling as she did not speak English when her family first moved from Sofia, Bulgaria, to the United States when she was age twelve.  Velina first enrolled in a half-day ESL program in the sixth grade and by the beginning of her eighth grade year, tested out of the ESL program completely.  With a newfound proficiency in the language, she excelled in school and went on to graduate from Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey in 2009. 

The judging panel included former educator and Rosetta Stone director of learning Duane Sider:
“The intelligence, determination, gratitude and hope displayed by these young scholars are a tribute not only to them, but to their communities, their teachers and their schools, who nurtured their success.” 

Now fluent in English, Velina is a native Bulgarian speaker and is currently learning French with Rosetta Stone.  Velina’s studies will take her to France for two months this winter and in conjunction she will blog about her experience learning the language at Language Journeys: A Customer Perspective.

Rosetta Stone® Classroom is a powerful learning tool that blends seamlessly into a teacher’s overall language-learning curriculum.  The immersive solution helps school districts integrate non-English speaking students into their education system and drive overall achievement.  Rosetta Stone Classroom affords teachers the opportunity to entrust critical language skill development to the software so that invaluable classroom time can be focused on topic-based activities that bring language learning to life.

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About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone provides interactive solutions that are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. Available in more than 30 languages, Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions are used by schools, organizations and millions of individuals in over 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is based in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit

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