Three Bowdoin Students Receive State Dept. Scholarships

(L. to r.) Kim Lacey ’13, Zackary Suhr ’14, Zachary Winters ’11.

Three Bowdoin students have been awarded 2011 Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Kim Lacey ’13, Zackary Suhr ’14 and Zachary Winters ’11 are among more than 570 students from across the U.S. receiving a scholarship in 2011 to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu languages. They will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in 14 countries where these languages are spoken.

Lacey, a Eurasion and East European studies major from Killeen, Texas, and Suhr, of Sabetha, Kansas, with no declared major yet, are both headed to Russia to study that country’s language.

Winters, a religion major from Cincinnati, Ohio, is bound for Jordan to study Arabic.

The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

The U.S. Department of State launched the program in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas. The program is part of a wider U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical languages.

The CLS Program is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and American Councils for International Education.



  1. Janice Backer says:

    We are SO proud of you sweetie, and we love you!! Mark and Grandma

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