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Two students win competitive Critical Language Scholarships

Scholarships allow students to study language in foreign country


Ohio University students Kayleigh Forhan and Jill Granberg have received the highly acclaimed Critical Language Scholarship.

The Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes is a United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program. The program offers intensive overseas summer studies to U.S. students in an array of critical languages.

Applicants are chosen based on their level of commitment and intent to continue language study after participating in the CLS Program. They also are evaluated on their previous academic coursework and language study.

"It is a tremendous honor for Kayleigh Forhan and Jill Granberg to receive Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) awards," said Beth Clodfelter, director of U.S. Fulbright programs and liaison for international partnerships. "The CLS program is encouraging increasing numbers of American students to begin or continue learning important languages that not enough of our citizens know. In the process, the program itself is growing significantly more competitive every year."

The scholarship covers all program expenses, including mandatory pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, program-sponsored travel within country, and entrance fees for program activities. This year, 575 CLS scholarships were awarded to students to study foreign languages.

Forhan, a senior political science major in the Honors Tutorial College from Medina, Ohio, will study in Beijing this summer. She will be studying Chinese in intensive language classes where she will be immersed in the language at school and at home. She will travel to China on June 6 and return to the U.S. in mid-August.

"I'm looking forward to living with a Chinese family so that it will force me to use Chinese in a sense that I would be using it day to day," Forhan said. "This type of environment will help me get my speaking skills at a level I want to be at."

Granberg, a master's student in communication and development studies from Olympia, Wash., will be studying advanced Arabic this summer in Muscat, Oman. Her program will begin June 13 and she will return to the U.S. in mid-August.

She began her studies in Arabic in 2006 with colloquial studies and learning the Lebanese dialect. This summer, she hopes to improve her reading and writing ability of the language.

"I would like to become literate in the language and to be able to read the newspaper and watch the news," Granberg said.

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