Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. Languages supported include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Visit the CLS Scholar Directory for a comprehensive list of scholars.

2020-2021 UW Undergraduate Critical Language Scholars:

  • Estey Chen | Political Science major; studying Indonesian on CLS
  • Joana Dizon | Public Health-Global Health major; studying Arabic on CLS
  • Noah Gruenert | International Studies; Near Eastern Studies double major; studying Russian on CLS

UW Undergraduate Critical Language Scholars

2018-2019

  • Noah Gruenert | International Studies; Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, to study Persian.
  • Sydney Ward | International Studies; Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, to study Arabic.

2017 - 2018

Nicolas Makoto Leitmann Niimi | Applied Physics major, to study Chinese.

2016 - 2017

Timothy Abt | International Studies major, to study Swahili.
Chloe Lathe | Applied & Computational Mathematical Studies and Near Eastern Studies major, to study Persian.
Marshall Sherrell | Japanese and English major, to study Japanese.

2015 - 2016

Jasmine Koss | Business Administration major, to study Chinese.
Ahrif Mckee | Aeronautics & Astronautics major.
Elizabeth Purdy | International Studies major.
Reanne Wong | Business Administration major, to study Chinese.

2014 - 2015

Kevin Magnaye | Biology major, to study Turkish.
Megan Johnson | Anthropology major, to study Bangla.
Talia Suner | Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology major, to study Turkish.
Zachary Reshovsky | International Studies major, to study Chinese.
Shelby Keith | International Studies major, to study Turkish.
Russell Shean| Public Health major, to study Chinese.

2013 - 2014

Chelsea Cooper | Anthropology major, to study Punjabi.
Emily Gonzales | International Studies major, to study Persian.
Kelsey Hallahan | Near and Middle Eastern Studies major, to study Azerbaijani.
Harnoor Mahal | Medicine, to study Punjabi.
McKenzie Templeton | International Studies major, to study Hindi.

2012 - 2013

Sin (Cindy) Leung | Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences, to study Chinese.
Alexandra Rawlings | Near and Middle Eastern Studies, to study Arabic.
Quyen Tran | Psychology, to study Korean.
Jasmeet Virk | Public Health, to study Punjabi.

2011 - 2012

Charlotte Guard | International Studies major.
Mohammad Nasir | International Studies and Political Science major.
Alternate, Lisa Sticka | Asian Studies and Japanese major.

2010 - 2011

Sarah Boone | International Studies major, to study Arabic.
Byron Gray | International Studies, Law, Societies & Justice, and Political Science major, to study Urdu.
Daetan Huck | Near Eastern Languages & Civilization major, to study Turkish.
Alternate, Benjamin Overton | International Studies, Linguistics, and Political Science major.

2009 - 2010

Lisa Bergstrom | International Studies major, to study Russian.
Morgan Cassell | Near Eastern Studies and Political Science major, to study Arabic.
Matthew Gillman | Near Eastern Studies and Political Science major, to study Turkish.
Byron Gray | South Asian Studies major, to study Hindi.
Kris Robinson | East Asian Languages and Literature major, to study Korean.
Christopher Sherman | International Studies major, to study Persian.
Ruben Shimonov | International Studies major, to study Arabic.
Rachael Stovall | Public Health major, to study Arabic.
Shannon Winn | Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies, to study Indonesian.
Alternate, Samuel Cascio | Chinese Studies and Business major.
Alternate, Kevin Crow | Sociology and Communications major.
Alternate, Evan Dunn | Linguistics major.

2008 - 2009

Benjamin Gertsen | Anthropology major, to study Chinese.
Spencer James | Chemistry major, to study Arabic.
Ryo Kato | International Studies major, to study Korean.
Kathryn Koerschner | Asian Studies major.
Ann Koler | Asian Studies major.
Emma Lux | Anthropology major, to study Punjabi.
Steve Margitan | Economics and International Studies major, to study Chinese.
Daren Moon | Asian Studies major.
Nathan Snyder | International Studies major, to study Chinese.
Rachael Stovall | Public Health major, to study Arabic.
Jordan Swarthout | International Studies major, to study Russian.
Kristen Zipperer | International Studies major, to study Urdu.
Alternate, Brook Alongi | International Studies major.
Alternate, Tyler Burns | International Studies major.
Alternate, Nicola Karp | International Studies major.
Alternate, Matthew Nelson | International Studies major.
Alternate, Matthew Richardson | English major.

Rachael Stovall enjoying a meal with locals in Jordan, 2009

Rachael Stovall in Jordan, 2009