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Three VCU Students Named Critical Language Scholars

Three Virginia Commonwealth University students have been selected for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship, a highly competitive scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State for the study of 15 languages deemed critical to the United States’ diplomatic and security interests.

CLS in the Press — April 20, 2020


Promoting a Right Not a Privilege

In her application to become a 2020 Truman Scholar, Abrita Kuthumi ’21 proposed an idea that would provide educational resources for the lowest caste group in Nepal. She mapped out a plan offering economic assistance as well as support for students who face social challenges. She called the initiative “Daylight.”

CLS in the Press — April 16, 2020


Global Conflict Studies Student Wins State Department Language Scholarship

Growing up alongside a large Lebanese community in Toledo, Ohio, Brad Koenig often heard Arabic spoken. In high school, he took four years of German and later lived in West Germany for three years. It was not until he served in the Gulf War in Iraq in 1990-1991, however, that he began to feel a strong international connection, particularly with the Middle East.

CLS in the Press — April 16, 2020