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Vanderbilt students receive Critical Language Scholarships

Posted by on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in News.


The US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Scholars spend eight to ten weeks in one of 24 locations studying Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu.

The following Vanderbilt students have received scholarships for summer, 2016 study:

Corbin Allender, ’18, College of Arts and Science, will be studying Chinese in Tianan, Taiwan. Interested in global mental health, Corbin is still deciding what major he will pursue at Vanderbilt.

Interested in the intersection of health, education & economic opportunity, Ariana Fowler ’17, Medicine, Health & Society is headed to Lucknow, India to study Urdu. She previously traveled to India in 2012 to help open an orphanage and school. She has also been to Ghana and the Honduras to work on issues of health and education.

A member of the Class of 2016, Veronica Fulton – Political Science, Economics and French – is studying Korean in Gwangiu, South Korea.

Deya Maldas ’16, HOD, Music and Economics will spend the summer in Kolkata, India where she will study Bangla. In 2014, Deya received a Nichols Humanitarian Fund fellowship from Vanderbilt, enabling her to conduct field research for the U.N. Anti-Human Trafficking Program in Kolkata. An Ingram Scholar, Deya was one of 12 members of the Class of 2016 who was profiled in MyVU as a student who embodies Vanderbilt’s missions of inclusion and community.

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Over the past ten years, the CLS Program has sent over 5,000 American undergraduate and graduate students overseas to learn critical languages all over the world. It provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
Program participants are among the more than 50,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. These exchange programs build relations and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. 

Administered by American Councils for International Education, the CLS program also  promotes diversity in the independent review process, drawing readers and panelists from a wide variety of institutions across the United States, including public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions and community colleges. In the 2015-16 evaluation season, over 377 professionals representing 44 states and the District of Columbia, and 212 institutions participated in the selection process.CLS

Interested in becoming a CLS Scholar? Visit the CLS website for information about eligibility and sign up to be notified when the next application cycle begins. Submission deadline is typically in November.

Students may contact the Office of Honor Scholarships for guidance and information on other relevant scholarship opportunities.

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