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Sarah Mills receives a Critical Language Scholarship

February 28, 2014

Lewis & Clark sophomore Sarah Mills, who is considering a self-designed Russian major, has been selected to receive a Critical Language Scholarship, which will support her summer study in Russia. As Sarah explains, I applied for this program because I wanted to find any way possible to continue studying Russian over the summer. I was originally intending to try and find financial aid and just take Russian classes at some university in the U.S., but then I found out about this scholarship and I thought I would give it a shot.” Sarah plans to immerse herself in Russian culture and language for a few months before she goes for a full semester program in St. Petersburg “I am very excited to be in such an intense academic environment while getting experience speaking Russian in everyday life,” she said about her anticipated summer study in Russia. When asked about the application, she replied, “It wasn’t overwhelmingly difficult. The only part that required a good deal of effort was my statement of purpose essay.” Fortunately for Sarah, her professors offered her good advice on the application process and now she has her own suggestion for those who might be interested in applying: “Don’t try to do it by yourself. Talk to someone who has experience writing and reading these types of essays. It’s a government scholarship, so if they invest in you they want to know what they’re investing in and why.”


The Critical Language Scholarship is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State that supports undergraduate and graduate studies in thirteen critical foreign languages. This Program provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks in the country of the language.

Sarah Mills plans to blog about her adventure in Russia.  Here is her blog’s link:




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