The University of Iowa

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 Area of Study
2021 Anna Correa Clive, IA Graduate Hindi MPH Community and Behavioral Health
2021 Isabelle Davis LeClaire, IA Undergraduate Turkish BA International Studies
2021 Abigail Martin St. Peters, MO Undergraduate Arabic BA International Relations
2021 Sarah Schlosser North Canton, OH Graduate Hindi MFA Book Studies
2021 Aastha Chandra Cedar Falls, IA Undergraduate Hindi BS Biomedical Sciences
2021 Isabel Hogg* Cedar Rapids, IA Undergraduate Portuguese BS Public Health
2020 Holly Harris Waterloo, IA Undergraduate Portuguese BA International Studies
2020 Joseph Sailor Rolfe, IA Undergraduate Russian BA International Studies, Russian
2019 Alex Bare Walcott, IA Undergraduate Arabic BA International Relations
2019 Eli Bratsch-Prince Ames, IA Undergraduate Arabic BA Political Science
2019 Abby Rinaldi Tampa, FL Graduate Mandarin MA Journalism
2019 Mark Schoen Cedar Rapids, IA Undergraduate Bahasa BS Economics
2019 Angel Trachta Cedar Rapids, IA Undergraduate Korean BA International Studies

2018

Shane Weitzman

Leominster, MA

Graduate

Hindi

PhD Anthropology

2018

Alex Bare

Walcott, Iowa

Undergraduate

Arabic

BA International Relations

2018

Eli Bratsch-Prince

Ames, Iowa

Undergraduate

Arabic

BA Political Science

2018

Alex Duff 

Volga, Iowa

Undergraduate

Chinese

BA Chinese Language and Literature, Accounting

2017

Alexis Finer

Iowa City, IA

Undergraduate

Indonesian

BS Human Physiology

2017

Shane Weitzman

Leominster, MA

Graduate

Hindi

PhD Anthropology

2016

Patricia Hartland

Putney, VT

Graduate

Hindi

MFA Literary Translation

2015

Brittany Callahan

Ypsilanti, MI

Undergraduate

Russian

BA English

2015

Mandy Conrad

 

Graduate

Arabic

PhD counseling psychology

2015

Elaine Mou

West Des Moines, IA

Undergraduate

Chinese

BA computer engineering

2015

Destinee Gwee

Iowa City, IA

Undergraduate

Chinese

BA biochemistry and Chinese

2015

Stephanie Rue

Cleveland, OH

Graduate

Korean

MFA University of Iowa Center for the Book

2015

Laura Wang

Cedar Rapids, IA

Undergraduate

Chinese

BA English and Chinese

2014

Rebekah Frumkin

Libertyville, IL

Graduate

Hindi

MFA Writers' Workshop

2014

Patrick Taffe

Mediapolis, IA

Undergraduate

Russian

BA, ISBA

2014

Lauren Sillman

Ames, IA

Undergraduate

Punjabi

BA

2014

Maria Sumner

Washington, MO

Graduate

Indonesian

MA Linguistics

2014

Jeffrey Ding*

Iowa City, IA

Undergraduate

Chinese

BA Int. Relations

2013

Rachel Milligan

Philadelphia, PA

Graduate

Chinese

MFA Poetry

2013

Onalee Yousey

North Branch, MN

Undergraduate

Arabic

BA, 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

PhD Religious Studies

2012

Eleanor King

 

Graduate

Japanese

PhD Anthropology

2011

Addie Leak

 

Graduate

Arabic

MFA Translation

2011

Michelle Quill

 

Graduate

Bangla

PhD Anthropology

2011

Rebecca Kreitzer

 

Graduate

Chinese

PhD Political Science, East Asian/Australian

2011

Jacqueline Cieslak

 

Undergraduate

Hindi

Language & Literature, South Asian

2009

Dustin Eaton

 

Graduate

Hindi

Religious Studies

2009

Brian Miller

 

Graduate

Turkish

PhD History

*Denotes alternate