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CAS student receives Critical Language Scholarship

TAMPA, Fla. -- Echo Thomas, a junior majoring in international studies at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study intermediate level Korean in Weonju, South Korea for eight weeks this summer. The Critical Language Scholarship award is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The award also provides an orientation in Washington, D.C. and language courses abroad during the summer of 2015.

Echo, a transfer student from St. Petersburg College, is an active member of the Hangul Korean Language Club at USF. She has performed volunteer work in Tamil Nadu, India and is passionate about U.S. international affairs in East Asia. For the fall 2015 semester, she will study abroad at Hallym University in Chuncheon, South Korea. Echo also is earning a certificate in Asian Studies and has intermediatelow level of proficiency in the Korean language. After English and Spanish, Korean is her third language.

Through the CLS program, Echo hopes to advance her proficiency of the Korean language. She believes that by furthering her fluency in the language, it will give her the skills needed to understand South Korea on a linguistic and cultural level, as well lead to future career opportunities through the U.S. Department of State in South Korea.

The USF Office of National Scholarships identifies, recruits and mentors high achieving students to apply for national merit scholarships across all disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships are for creative, motivated and academically strong students who are leaders in and out of the classroom.

The Critical Language Scholarship offers fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and summer language institutes for U.S. university undergraduate and graduate students to study 13 critical foreign languages for the summer term in locations where the language is natively spoken. The selection process is administered by the American Councils for International Education and The Ohio State University/Ohio University with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Cultural Affairs.


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Author:Lauren Chambers