U.S. Department of State Awards Critical Language Scholarships to UMass Amherst Students

AMHERST, Mass. - Three University of Massachusetts Amherst students will attend intensive language institutes overseas this summer through Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) awarded by the U.S. Department of State.

John Hoskins, a graduate student in Japanese from Winston-Salem, N.C., will study at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, while sophomore Miriam Tinberg, of Providence, R.I., and junior Clara Wool, of Ayer, will study Arabic in Amman, Jordan. Tinberg is majoring in Middle Eastern studies and will continue her studies in Jordan next fall through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). Wool is majoring in environmental design and Middle Eastern studies and also plans to study in Jordan during the next academic year through CIEE on a Boren Scholarship, which funds study in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

They are among 575 students chosen from among more than 5,200 applicants nationwide for the scholarships, which provide fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. The CLS program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu. CLS participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.