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University of South Carolina-Columbia Campus Advisors

You are not required to go through any office on your campus in order to apply to the CLS Program. However, we recommend you make use of resources available on your campus to strengthen your application.

Resources on your campus may include an academic advisor, the Scholarships Office, Fellowships Office, Merit Awards Office, Study Abroad Office, Honors Program, Career Office or International Programs Office. A campus writing center may also provide helpful feedback on your essays.

The following individuals on your campus are knowledgable about the CLS Program and can provide advice on the application process for you, and support through the process:

Jennifer Bess
Director of National Fellowships, Office of National Fellowships and Scholar Programs
Heidi Bretz
National Fellowships Coordinator, National Fellowships and Scholar Programs
Matthew Klopfenstein
National Fellowships Coordinator, National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

The CLS Program provides resources to help you prepare a competitive application with or without the help of an advisor:


Previous Recipients

Year Name Language Site Institution
2021 Ashley Labrie Portuguese Florianopolis, Brazil University of South Carolina-Columbia
2021 Michael Ponessa Punjabi Chandigarh, India University of South Carolina-Columbia
2021 Amelia Parkes Russian Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan University of South Carolina-Columbia
2021 Timothy Fritts Russian Vladimir, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2020 Biyun Cui Chinese Dalian, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2020 Michael Ponessa Punjabi Chandigarh, India University of South Carolina-Columbia
2020 Amelia Parkes Russian Nizhny Novgorod, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2020 Arshiya Jeelani Turkish Bursa, Turkey University of South Carolina-Columbia
2020 Anna Sheppard Urdu Lucknow, India University of South Carolina-Columbia
2019 Avery Kral Arabic Amman, Jordan University of South Carolina-Columbia
2019 Nicolas Ferguson Chinese Changchun, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2019 Kylee Yturralde Indonesian Malang, Indonesia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2018 Helen Loaiza Chinese Dalian, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2018 Samuel Breazeale Russian Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan University of South Carolina-Columbia
2017 Adriana Bowman Chinese Xi'an, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2017 Justin Mellish Korean Gwangju, South Korea University of South Carolina-Columbia
2016 Joshua McTeer Arabic Tangier, Morocco University of South Carolina-Columbia
2016 Laura Tarbox Russian Nizhny Novgorod, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2016 Angela Seidler Turkish Baku, Azerbaijan University of South Carolina-Columbia
2015 William Welsh Persian Dushanbe, Tajikistan University of South Carolina-Columbia
2015 Anna Witkin Russian Nizhny Novgorod, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2014 Hannah Keefer Chinese Suzhou, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2014 Sean Linkletter Chinese Guangzhou, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2014 John Tasevski Turkish Bursa, Turkey University of South Carolina-Columbia
2013 Lauryn Lehman Arabic Tangier, Morocco University of South Carolina-Columbia
2012 Jessica D'Atri Korean Jeonju, South Korea University of South Carolina-Columbia
2011 Laura Smentek Chinese Shanghai, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2011 Olivia Keyes Japanese Kyoto, Japan University of South Carolina-Columbia
2011 Stephanie Bedard Turkish Ankara, Turkey University of South Carolina-Columbia
2010 Paul Ryan Arabic Tunis, Tunisia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2010 Jasmine Whelan Russian Ufa, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2010 Matthew Casedonte Russian Kazan, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2009 Tammy Hsu Arabic Cairo, Egypt University of South Carolina-Columbia
2009 Patrick Holstad Russian Astrakhan, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2009 Anthony Busch Turkish Izmir, Turkey University of South Carolina-Columbia
2008 Ashley Tjader Chinese Suzhou, China University of South Carolina-Columbia
2008 Matthew Cox Russian Astrakhan, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2008 Shelley Price Russian Astrakhan, Russia University of South Carolina-Columbia
2007 Travis Rieder Turkish Ankara, Turkey University of South Carolina-Columbia

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