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University of South Dakota 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:

Melissa Berninger
Associate Director, Honors Program/Coordinator of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, Old Main 104A/Honors Program

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
2016 Kaleigh McLaughlin Azerbaijani Baku, Azerbaijan University of South Dakota
2016 Jenna Hayes Russian Vladimir, Russia University of South Dakota
2012 Jessie Milstead Arabic Amman, Jordan University of South Dakota
2012 Kendra Van Nyhuis Korean Jeonju, South Korea University of South Dakota
2008 Jonathon Walz Arabic Salalah, Oman University of South Dakota
2008 Patrick Geary Arabic Tunis, Tunisia University of South Dakota
2007 Jonathon Walz Arabic Sana'a, Yemen University of South Dakota

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