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Sophomore Sandra Bertin Awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

April 30, 2013

DePauw University sophomore Sandra L. Bertin has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). Bertin will use the award to study Arabic in Morocco this summer.  She is one of approximately 610 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2013.

CLS participants will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in one of 13 countries to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. It provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

A Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies major, Sandra Bertin is a Posse Scholar and Interfaith Intern at DePauw and hails from Staten Island, New York. Selected finalists for the 2013 CLS Program hail from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia and represent more than 200 institutions of higher education from across the United States, including public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions and community colleges.

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