Eskew ’10 Wins Scholarship to Study Arabic

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Publication Date: 4/6/2009

Courtney Eskew ’10, a French and International Studies double major from Huntsville, Ala., recently won a 2009 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship.  She will study Arabic this summer in an intensive language institute in the Middle East.

John Kaltner, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Rhodes, informed Eskew about the scholarship and encouraged her to apply.  Eskew studied Arabic for two semesters with Professor Kaltner and is currently taking an Arabic course while studying abroad in Marseille, France.   

Eskew is the first Rhodes student to receive a Critical Language Scholarship since Matt Wilson ’05, who studied Turkish in Istanbul in the summer of 2007.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. federal government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need foreign languages.