University of South Carolina

Three students win Critical Language Scholarships

University of South Carolina undergraduate students Stephanie Nicole Bedard, Olivia Katherine Keyes and Laura Britton Smentek have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to attend intensive language institutes this summer.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government interagency 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.

Bedard, a senior international business and global supply chain and operations management major in the Darla Moore School of Business, will study Turkish at Ankara University's TÖMER Institute this summer in Turkey.

A South Carolina Honors College student and a recipient of the Lieber, Alumni, and Palmetto Fellow scholarships, she is a member of the Association of Supply Chain Students, University Ambassador and an Emerging Leader at the Moore School. She received a 2010 South Carolina International Trade Scholarship to study at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in spring 2010 and completed a co-op rotation with Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in fall 2010. She is a member of the Columbia chapter of the Institute for Supply Management and a 2011 R. Gene Richter Scholarship finalist. She plans to study finance and international law and is the daughter of Stephen and Marie Bedard of Mount Pleasant, she is a graduate of Wando High School.

Keyes, a rising junior film studies and media arts major, will study Japanese at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Last summer she was awarded a Boren Fellowship to study Japanese and explore how physics is integral to the Japanese science curriculum. A South Carolina Honors College student, she is involved with student film-making, SGTV and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and is the recipient of a Magellan Scholar Award and a Palmetto Fellowship. She is a semi-finalist for the Campus MovieFest Rethink Possible Award and is a resident mentor and an undergraduate research assistant at the NanoTechnology Center. She is the daughter of Liz and Skeet Keyes of Clinton and is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School of Science and Math.

Smentek is a rising senior in the South Carolina Honors College and international studies major. She is a conversation partner with the English Programs for Internationals and works in the Honors College office. She will study Chinese in Shanghai at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She interned with Conservation Voters of South Carolina. Her interests include law, teaching English and furthering her study of Chinese conversation. She is the daughter of Tom and Kim Smentek of Irmo and is a graduate of Dutch Fork High School.

Twelve USC students have received this award since it was established in 2006. These students and others seeking national fellowships were assisted by USC’s Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/06/11 @ 10:15 AM | Updated: 04/06/11 @ 10:19 AM | Permalink