In an effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering 14 "critical need" languages, the U.S. State Department annually awards a number of foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment scholarships. They are highly competitive. Of the 575 students chosen this year, 11 are from the U of M—eight from CLA.
Students spend seven to ten weeks in intensive summer language institutes in countries where these languages are spoken. They are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
Tyler Conklin, studying Turkish in Turkey
Brianna Crowley, Turkish in Turkey
Susan Metzger, Russian in Russia
Kelly Heitz, Arabic in Jordan
Greta Bliss, Arabic in Jordan
Michelle Baroody, Arabic in Egypt
Dustin Chacon, Bangla/Bengali in Bangladesh
Stephanie Rozman, Hindi in India