Eleven IU Bloomington students received Critical Language Scholarships this summer

Bloomington, Ind.—Eleven IU Bloomington students received Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State to support study during summer 2017. IU Bloomington ranked second in total number of scholarships received this year.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. These students join approximately 550 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2017.

The following IU Bloomington students received CLS funding to study languages in designated host locations:

Matthew Neuman; Turkish; Baku, Azerbaijan

Zawadi Rowe; Swahili; Arusha, Tanzania

Jordi Saunders; Turkish; Baku Azerbaijan

Marlyatou Sow; Hindi; Jaipur, India

Tania Ramos; Arabic; Amman, Jordan

Kieran Hatton; Turkish; Baku, Azerbaijan

Margaret (Meg) Morley; Arabic; Tangier, Morocco

Rebecca Ajamoughli; Arabic; Meknes, Morocco

Sean Hall; Persian; Dusanbe, Tajikistan

Antonio Santa Cruz; Chinese; Suzhou, China

Katherine Jordan; Swahili; Arusha, Tanzania

CLS provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight to ten weeks overseas studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS scholars are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future careers.

Meg Morley, a graduate student studying anthropology, first became interested in Arabic while learning the art of belly dancing.

“I started studying Arabic casually to be better informed about the music I was dancing to and the culture,” said Morley. “Eventually I decided that rather than working in theater, I wanted to learn more about the Middle East and have a career educating Americans and Western Europeans about it to help improve intercultural relations.”

CLS participants represent a broad diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. CLS actively recruits in states and regions of the United States that have been historically under-represented in international education. Recipients of the 2017 CLS awards include students from over 200 institutions of higher education across the United States, including public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges.

 For information about CLS and other competitive scholarship and research opportunities, contact Paul Fogleman, associate director, Office of Competitive Awards and Research at the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at

For further information about the Critical Language Scholarship or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please contact and visit our websites at and