OPRF graduate awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Tom McDonough

The following student from the University of Southern California has been awarded a U.S. Department of State
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study a critical language during the summer of 2013:

Name: Lara McDonough

Language: Japanese

Host Country: Japan

McDonough is one of approximately 610 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from
the U.S. Department of State's CLS Program in 2013. CLS participants will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive
language institutes this summer in one of 13 countries to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean,
Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and
mastering critical foreign languages. It provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and
structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study
beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Selected finalists for the 2013 CLS Program hail from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia and
represent more than 200 institutions of higher education from across the United States, including public and private
universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions and community colleges.

Consistent with the U.S. Department of State's goals to increase diversity among international educational exchange program participants, the CLS Program actively recruits in states and regions of the United States that have been historically under-represented in international exchange and encourages students from diverse backgrounds and academic majors to apply. The CLS Program also promotes diversity in the independent review process, and includes readers and panelists from 44 states and 160 institutions, including land-grant public universities, liberal arts colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Ivy League institutions, and community colleges. In 2013, 255 professionals, including critical language faculty, area studies specialists, international education professionals, and fellowship advisors, participated in the selection process for the CLS Program.

CLS Program participants are among the more than 40,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to
promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other
countries. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils for International Education and The Ohio State
University / Ohio University.

For further information about the CLS Program or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of
State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our websites at http://www.clscholarship.org and
http://exchanges.state.gov.

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