Seven Middlebury Institute students have been selected as finalists for the competitive U.S. State Department funded Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). They will be studying languages considered critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity in Indonesia, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, Brazil, China, and India.
“We had a very strong applicant pool,” says David Wick, faculty director of fellowships and assistant professor in the International Education Management degree program. “Of our 25 applicants, 13 were selected as finalists or alternates. The success rate for MIIS applicants is about four times better than the national average.”
Kelsey Keehfus MANPTS ’19, Jonelle Still MAIPD/MAITED ’19, and James Taylor MAIPD/MPA ’19 will be studying Arabic in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman, respectively. JoAnn Doll MAIEM ’19 will be studying Indonesian in Malang, East Java, and Umile Belmonte MATESOL ’19 will be studying Punjabi in Chandigarh, India. Adriana Threlkeld MAIPD ’19 is heading to Florianopolis in Brazil to study Portuguese, and Benjamin Wollam MAITED ’19 will travel to Changchun, China to work on his Mandarin skills.
“CLS is a perfect program for MIIS students. These intensive overseas language and culture immersion programs help students from every area of study at MIIS to deepen language proficiency or develop competency in new languages,” Wick says, adding that these awards also provide strong foundations for applications to other US government-funded programs such as Boren Fellowships and Fulbright Awards. “We are pleased to see so many of our students competing for CLS awards and hope that their success will inspire many others to work with me to prepare applications in the fall for the next application cycle.”
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