Applied in Academic Year 2012–2013
(More recipients will be announced soon!) Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) The CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State. It offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages
David Esber '13 - Arabic
"This summer, I will be studying Arabic in a country in North Africa or the Middle East as a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program.
After meeting and networking with CLS participants and alumni in the Washington, D.C., orientation, I will join a study program in Oman, Egypt, Jordan, or Morocco to push my fluency with Arabic toward a diplomatic level. To more fully immerse myself with the language and culture, I plan to stay with a host family. As a Peace and Conflict Studies major, I relish this opportunity to extend my proficiency in Arabic as I prepare for a career in International Relations focusing, hopefully, on some aspect of the Middle East."
Coco Vonnegut '13 - Hindi
"This summer, I will be in Jaipur, India, on a Critical Language Scholarship to study Hindi. In addition, I will meet prominent academics and officials from local institutes.
I am so excited to return to India and build upon everything I've learned at Colgate. India has been my regional focus of the Asian Studies major at Colgate and I am currently working on a thesis about nationalism and Calendar art. I greatly look forward to continuing that work by completing the short Independent Study facilitated by the program."