Three graduate students will study critical languages this summer

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tracy Orillo-Donovan, (808) 956-7520
Public Information Officer, Chancellor's Office
Posted: May 25, 2012

Three UH Mānoa graduate students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. The three are Megan Kirtley (major: linguistics, language: Hindi, host country: India), Stephanie Locke (major: linguistics, language: Russian, host country: Russia) and Adriane Raff Corwin (major: political science, language: Hindi, host country: India).
“The CLS is one of the most competitive national scholarships for American undergraduate and graduate students who are working toward advanced competence in the nation’s critical languages.  The acceptance rate for the 2012 competition was 12%,” said Dean Robert Bley-Vroman of the UH Mānoa College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature. “I’m very pleased that three of our students have been awarded this competitive scholarship.”
The students are among 631 undergraduate and graduate applicants nationwide who received scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu languages. 
Selected students will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes in 14 countries where these languages are spoken.
For more information about the CLS Program or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit and
See the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature website at