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Announcing finalists for the 2021 CLS Summer Program

We are pleased to announce the full list of schol­ars award­ed with the Crit­i­cal Lan­guage Schol­ar­ship this sum­mer to par­tic­i­pate in inten­sive sum­mer lan­guage insti­tutes in fif­teen dif­fer­ent lan­guages crit­i­cal to Amer­i­ca’s nation­al secu­ri­ty and eco­nom­ic prosperity. 

The list of schol­ars for the sum­mer 2021 CLS Pro­gram, accom­pa­nied by a PDF press release for each indi­vid­ual and for each insti­tu­tion rep­re­sent­ed, is avail­able here:


The 2021 CLS Pro­gram cohort com­pris­es 685 Amer­i­can stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing 261 insti­tu­tions across the Unit­ed States, includ­ing pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties, lib­er­al arts col­leges, minor­i­ty-serv­ing insti­tu­tions, mil­i­tary acad­e­mies, and com­mu­ni­ty col­leges. This year’s schol­ars hail from 49 states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia, Guam, North­ern Mar­i­ana Islands, and Puer­to Rico.

We are proud of the diverse range of Amer­i­can stu­dents who are select­ed to par­tic­i­pate on the CLS Pro­gram each sum­mer, which con­tributes to the program’s broad impact in Amer­i­can communities.

The 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. CLS is a pro­gram of the Depart­ment of State’s Bureau of Edu­ca­tion­al and Cul­tur­al Affairs. It is sup­port­ed in its imple­men­ta­tion by Amer­i­can Coun­cils for Inter­na­tion­al Education.