There is no substitute for having a deep understanding of other languages and cultures. There's no shortcut for truly being able to communicate with people in a common tongue. And there's no other program in the world that offers the depth of language learning that students find at the Middlebury Language Schools.
The Language Schools have been helping students build foreign language fluency for 100 years. Language Schools graduates develop curriculums and teach the next generation in secondary schools around the country. They develop global business strategies. They create solutions for government, NGOs, and nonprofits. They put the skills gained here to work for the world.
Donors to the Language Schools become partners in advancing understanding of other cultures and languages. They are helping to develop peaceful, sustainable solutions to the world's challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities that our interconnected world presents.
Established in 2014 in honor of President Liebowitz and his wife Jessica, the fund supports financial aid at the Middlebury Language Schools. Preference is given to students who demonstrate academic excellence and/or financial need. Students receiving aid from the fund will be known as Liebowitz Centennial Fellows. The first awards were made in the summer of 2014 to 13 fellows. These exceptional students ranged from a middle school French teacher from a small Vermont town to an Iraq War veteran studying Arabic in preparation for teaching Middle East studies at Mills College in California.
Language Schools alumni and friends are invited to join the initial donors in honoring the Liebowitzes and expanding opportunities for students through a gift to the Centennial Fellows Fund.