Six University of Georgia students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study critical languages abroad this summer. These students join approximately 580 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received the award this year.
Sarah Dillon, a senior from Chamblee majoring in anthropology with a focus on Indonesia, will study Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia. She applied for the CLS scholarship to further her mastery of Indonesian after conducting field work in Bali last summer.
Qendrim Haxhiu, a junior from Dahlonega majoring in risk management and insurance, is studying Chinese in Tainan, Taiwan.
Eva Marcelis, a senior from Seattle majoring in international affairs and Arabic, is studying Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Meghan O’Keefe, a junior from Marietta majoring in Russian and international affairs, is studying Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Lucy Robertson, a master’s student in comparative literature from Marietta, is studying Korean in Gwangju, South Korea.
Bryana Shook, a senior Honors student from Milton majoring in Chinese language and literature and international affairs, is studying Chinese in Dalian, China.
The Critical Language Scholarship program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight to 10 weeks overseas studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.