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Five Pomona College Students Receive Critical Language Scholarships

Five Pomona College students have been selected to receive U.S. Department of State 2010 Critical Language Scholarships, from a pool of nearly 5,300 applications. The students will spend seven to 10 weeks this summer in intensive language institutes and participate in cultural immersion activities.

  • Morgen Chalmiers ’13, from Harvard, MA, will study Arabic in Jordan. She hasn’t declared a major yet but will focus on global health and social justice issues. Her future plans include attending medical school and working in the field of global health focusing on women’s health.
  • Brittney Lenard ’12, a Russian and East European Studies major from Portland, OR, will study Russian in Russia. She hopes to use her language skills in a diplomatic or legal career.
  • Nicholas Putter George ‘10, will study Arabic in Egypt. A physics major from Wyncote, PA, he hopes to work in the U.S. Foreign Service.
  • Adam Supraner ’10 will go to China to study Chinese and then teach English there. The Chinese major from Charlottesville, VA, is considering graduate school in law or journalism.
  • Maria Whittle ’12, a Russian major from Falls Church, VA, will study that language in Russia. Her future plans include spending a full year in Moscow and, following graduation, attending graduate school to study Slavic or comparative literature or work for the U.S. Foreign Service.

The Department of State's Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes was launched in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas and is part of a wider U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need languages.

This year, approximately 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students were selected to study Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Persian, Russian, and Indic (Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu) and Turkic (Turkish and Azerbaijani) languages.

The scholarships cover travel between the student's home city and program location, mandatory costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for program activities.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is known for small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research. In 2009 and 2010, it was named to the “Best Value” college lists of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and Princeton Review.

James A. Lawrence
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Phone: (202) 632-3241