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Students receive Critical Language Scholarships

Three Carolina undergraduates have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships for intensive language study this summer.

Sophomore Matthew “Dante” Alan Casedonte will study in Russia. Senior Paul Ryan will participate in an Arabic language program at an American Overseas Research Center. And junior Jasmine Nawal Whelan will study Russian language in Russia.

The scholarship is awarded by the department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

Casedonte, son of Kathy and Mike Casedonte of Anderson, is an international business and global supply chain and operations management major. He is a member of the South Carolina Honors College and is a Carolina Scholar. He is also a member of the Russian club and is a resident mentor at the Honors Residence.

Ryan, son of Janis Lutz and Paul Ryan of Lake Mary, will graduate in May with a baccalaureus from the South Carolina Honors College with a concentration in Arabic and Arabic culture. At USC, Ryan has been involved in the Lutheran campus ministry and was a volunteer with the Harvest Hope Food Bank and the Waverly Center.

Whelan, daughter of Roberta Olmstead and Peter Whelan of Florence is an International Studies and Russian major. She is a Carolina Scholar, a member of the South Carolina Honors College and a recipient of the Lieber Scholarship and National Merit Scholarship. She is currently volunteering as a tutor for students of English while studying in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship.

After graduation in 2011, Whelan wants to work as a Foreign Service officer in the U.S. State Department. “The intensive atmosphere of the Critical Language Scholarship program will give me a great opportunity to solidify the language gains I’ve made while in Russia on the Boren Scholarship, all of which will make me a more competitive candidate for a career in the Foreign Service,” Whelan said.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government inter-agency effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.

Nine Carolina students have received this award since it was established in 2006.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/28/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/28/10 @ 2:07 PM | Permalink

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