Students Receive State Dept. Scholarships

Connie Ip ’13 (featured right) and Jessica Ramirez ’15 have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to further their language studies this summer. Both will participate in intensive language institutes: Ip will be studying Russian in Vladimir, Russia, while Ramirez will be studying Korean in Jeonju, South Korea.

“Receiving the Critical Language Scholarship is an immense honor,” says Ip. “After spending my junior year in France, spending the summer in Russia will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen my language skills and give me further training in cross-cultural communication.”

More than 5,200 undergraduate and graduate students applied for a CLS; of those, approximately 575 were awarded scholarships in 2012. The CLS Program provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.