Arthur Willis ’16 of Colt, AR, has been selected to receive a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Chinese in Dalian, China this summer. The CLS Program is extremely selective, and Willis is one of approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2015.
“I applied for the CLS scholarship with the intention of exploring a new culture and improving my Chinese,” says Willis. “Through this program, I hope to further integrate my passion for languages, traveling, and environmental issues. I believe that this program will be a major step toward achieving fluency and eventually working abroad as an environmental scientist.”
Willis’ activities at Rhodes include ASIA (All Students Interested in Asia) and HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Language and Activities).
CLS participants will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in one of 13 countries to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu.
Willis graduated from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, AR, and is an environmental science major at Rhodes. “After graduating, I plan to attend graduate school with a focus on environmental conservation and natural resource management, while working as an English teacher abroad,” he says. “Working abroad will serve to polish my language skills, acquire international work experience, and build a strong foundation abroad.”