The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, would like to extend congratulations to the following HBCU students, who have been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2012:
These students are among the over the approximately 630 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students selected for the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2012 to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu languages.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Selected finalists for the 2012 CLS Program hail from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia and represent 239 public and private universities from across the United States, including land-grant universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges.
Every year, the CLS Program selects 20 outstanding alumni to serve as Alumni Ambassadors. This year, we were pleased to select Tori Badgett, who applied for the Urdu language program in Lucknow, India, while attending Howard University. Tori’s Alumni Ambassador profile can be found here: http://www.clscholarship.org/alumni/ambassadors/2011/ToriB.htm.