University of South Carolina

Critical Language Scholarship winners announced

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

Anthony Michael Busch, Patrick Ehrling Holstad and Tammy Chen Hsu will study in programs abroad sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

These students bring to six the total number of Carolina students who have received this award since it was established in 2006.

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

Busch, majoring in international business and finance, will study Turkish at the Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. He has been a member of Delta Sigma Pi (an international business fraternity), Students Defending Democracy, and club tennis. He has interned with the Palmetto Institute, a research and educational organization established by philanthropist Darla Moore, as well as the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria. He was named a Moore School Emerging Leader and served as a research assistant with He received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study in Jordan and also has studied abroad in Syria and Egypt.

Holstad, majoring in international studies, will study Russian at Astrakhan State University in Astrakhan, Russia. He is an intern at the S.C. Department of Transportation and a member of Army ROTC. He will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduation in 2010. Holstad plans to pursue a career in Eastern European affairs and Slavic linguistics.

Hsu, an economics major who will graduate in 2010 from South Carolina Honors College, will study Arabic in Cairo, Egypt, at the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE). She is a Palmetto Fellow and recently received the Rising Senior Award in Economics. This spring, she was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society, and was chosen to participate in the Non-Profit Protégé Program at Habitat for Humanity of Central South Carolina. She has received a South Carolina Honors College Explorations Grant and a Magellan Scholar for undergraduate research. Her extracurricular activities include serving as vice president of Gamecocks STAND Together and establishing Reaching Out in Sudan, a non-profit organization based in Columbia. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.

Busch is the son Calvert and Nancy Busch of Kettering, Ohio. He attended Archbishop Alter High School.

Holstad is the son Cheryl D. Patrick of Gaston and a graduate of Calhoun Academy.

Tammy Hsu is the daughter of Julie and Charlie Hsu of Grosse Ile, Mich., and a graduate of Bob Jones Academy.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/21/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/26/09 @ 5:07 PM | Permalink