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Nicholas Brumfield

Nicholas Brumfield

Photographer: Jonathan Adams

Olivia Brand

Olivia Brand

Photographer: Jonathan Adams

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Three OHIO students awarded Critical Language Scholarships


The Critical Language Scholarship was awarded to three Ohio University students.

Samuel Bockoven and Nicholas Brumfield were awarded the scholarship for Arabic while Olivia Brand received it for Indonesian.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and offers U.S. students the opportunity to study the equivalent of one year of university level language coursework overseas in an intensive seven- to 10-week summer program. CLS is fully funded and offers instruction in 13 languages.

Brumfield has taken two years of Arabic and spent last spring semester in Amman, Jordan. He also is head of multiple region-related organizations on campus like the Arabic Language Student Association.

“The Critical Language Scholarship’s two-month intensive Arabic program will help further my goal of mastering the Arabic language,” Brumfield said. “My eventual aim being to pursue a graduate degree in Arab/Islamic studies and live and work in the Arab World.”

Brumfield will be living and studying at the Tangier, Morocco site.

“Besides the more touristy things, I am keen on engaging with everyday Moroccan life,” he said. “One of my major regrets from my time in Jordan was not getting outside the ‘American bubble’ afforded by my study abroad program enough.”

Bockoven will be studying at the Noor Majan Training Institute in Ibri, Oman. The CLS helps lift the financial worries of studying a foreign language abroad, he said.

“I will be able to study in an Arabic-speaking environment longer than I would on other summer study abroad programs,” Bockoven said. “I believe that the arrangements that the CLS program makes for the scholarship recipients creates a great language learning experience, including staying with a host family.”

Bockoven hopes to make connections with his host family and the locals and learn as much as he can about the Omani culture, he said.

“I hope that the intensive language program will help me get more toward my language learning goal of becoming an Arabic diplomatic translator,” Bockoven said.