Critical Language Scholarship Recipients

The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment activities overseas each summer for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. CLS Program languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Learn more about this award.

Below are UI recipients of Critical Language Scholarships from the past several years:

Year Name Hometown UG/G Language Degree

2014

Rebekah Frumkin

Libertyville, IL

Graduate

Hindi

M.F.A. Writers' Workshop

2014

Patrick Taffe

Mediapolis, IA

Undergraduate

Russian

B.A., I.S.B.A

2014

Maria Sumner

Washington, MO

Graduate

Indonesian

M.A. Linguistics

2014

Jeffrey Ding*

Iowa City, IA

Undergraduate

Chinese

B.A., Int. Relations

2013

Rachel Milligan

Philadelphia, PA

Graduate

Chinese

M.F.A. in Poetry

2013

Onalee Yousey

North Branch, MN

Undergraduate

Arabic

B.A., ISBA, Political Science

2012

Brandon Jennings 

Burlington, IA

Undergraduate

Arabic

International Relations

2012

Merideth McFarland

Iowa City, IA

Undergraduate

Arabic

Language & Literature, Western European

2012

Navid Zarrinnal

 

Graduate

Arabic

Ph.D., Religious Studies

2012

Eleanor King

 

Graduate

Japanese

Ph.D., Anthropology

2011

Addie Leak

 

Graduate

Arabic

M.F.A., Translation

2011

Michelle Quill

 

Graduate

Bangla

Ph.D., Anthropology

2011

Rebecca Kreitzer

 

Graduate

Chinese

Ph.D., Political Science, East Asian/Austratlian

2011

Jacqueline Cieslak

 

Undergraduate

Hindi

Language & Literature, South Asian

2009

Dustin Eaton

 

Graduate

Hindi

Religious Studies

2009

Brian Miller

 

Graduate

Turkish

Ph.D., History

*Denotes alternate