University of South Carolina

USC junior wins critical language scholarship

By Jennifer Bess, bessj@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-0958

Lauryn Lehman, an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to attend an intensive Arabic language institute this summer in Tangier, Morocco.

Lauryn LehmanLehman is a junior anthropology major with a minor in African studies, and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. She is the recipient of the Palmetto Fellows scholarship, the Trustees Endowment scholarship, the Gamecock Guarantee Grant and the Sirrine Scholarship. Active with the Honors College, she also works at the Thomas Cooper Library circulation desk. She is currently studying abroad in Meknes, Morocco, and plans to become an anthropologist with a focus in North African cultures. She is the daughter of Teresa Lehman of New Windsor, Ill., and is a graduate of Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, S.C.

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the language scholarship program offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.

Lehman is the 15th Carolina student to receive this award since it was established in 2006.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government 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 level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.

Students interested in the CLS and other national fellowships are assisted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. For more information, contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at (803) 777-0958

Posted: 05/15/13 @ 1:00 PM | Updated: 05/17/13 @ 8:25 AM | Permalink