Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of External Scholarships, is proud to present a successful scholarship awardwinner. Meredith King, a communications senior in the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese languages in China.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in 13 critical need foreign languages during the summer of 2013. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
Meredith King, daughter of Tiffany and Jim King of Lexington, Ky., has dreamed about going to China since she was 10 years old. “Becoming fluent in Chinese has been a life-long goal and pursuit of mine, this scholarship puts me one giant leap forward in that,” King said to a UK reporter.
King became interested in Chinese as a 10-year-old when she checked out the only book on Chinese in her local library. “I poured hours into studying the language,’ said King. “I was blessed to have a Taiwanese woman in my church as a child. When she heard I was trying to learn Chinese on my own, Shu-Mei tutored me every Sunday afternoon for a year. Without her tutoring and encouragement, I don’t believe I would be studying Chinese at UK.”
Recently, King was accepted to the Graduate School’s University Scholars Program to begin graduate work in communication. King will continue to study Chinese through the 400-level. After she completes her master’s degree in communication, she hopes to work in international development to combine her research in youth development and experience with Chinese.
For students interested in language immersion, the National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship may also be an opportunity to consider. For more information, you can listen to the WRFL podcast showcasing Boren Scholarship recipient, Desiree Duncan Jones-Smith.
Students interested in applying for the CLS and/or Boren Scholarships should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of External Scholarships. The Office of External Scholarships (OES), part of the Division of Undergraduate Education, assists current students and recent alumni in applying for scholarships and fellowships funded by sources outside the university. Specifically, OES helps students strengthen an application, develop a personal statement, practice for an interview and provides other preparation activities for the scholarship application process.