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Elizabeth Tomlinson ’12 Receives U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship

Publication Date: 5/24/2012

Recent graduate Elizabeth Tomlinson of Starkville, Miss., has been awarded a U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study in Russia this summer. She is among the approximately 631 U.S. participants receiving the scholarship to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu languages.

Over 5,200 students applied for the award, which places CLS among some of the most competitive scholarship competitions in the United States. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences, and participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Tomlinson graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in international studies and Russian studies (double major). At Rhodes, she worked at Caritas Village as a Summer Service Fellow and was a member of the Model UN team as well as the Writing Center staff.

Tags: Alumni, Honors, Service, Students

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