Critical Language Scholarship Recipients to Spend Summer in Russia and the Republic of Georgia

by Isaac Mei

Critical Language Scholarship Recipients to Spend Summer  in Russia and the Republic of Georgia
Pictured: Ferris Samara traveled to Astana, Kazakhstan last summer as a student ambassador for Expo 2017: Future Energy.

Four students from the Russian and Eurasian Studies program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were recently awarded the Critical Language Scholarship in Russian for summer 2018. Scholarship recipients Valeria Lamarra and Ferris Samara will be traveling to Vladimir, Russia, while Jonathan Inman and Elinor Hayes will be traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia. All will have the opportunity to study Russian and experience the local culture firsthand. 

When asked about receiving the scholarship, Ferris Samara said “receiving the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is something for which I am incredibly grateful. Although my main focus at Mason is economics and statistics, I found that I enjoy learning Russian and wanted to strengthen my Russian ability as much as I could. Studying abroad in a Russian-speaking country became a priority for me.

The Critical Language Scholarship is a highly competitive summer-intensive languages program that allows American college students to go overseas and immerse themselves in different cultures. The program includes rich cultural experiences designed to promote knowledge and fluency in different languages.

“My colleagues and I are thrilled for these four students who were awarded the Critical Languages Scholarship in Russian for summer 2018. This is an impressive accomplishment that will add significantly to their qualifications for future professional employment in government or the private sector,” said Russian and Eurasian Studies Director Dr. James Levine.

He added, “I’m confident that the curriculum in the Russian and Eurasian Studies program has prepared these students well for intensive study in a Russian language immersion program abroad, as well as for culturally appropriate interactions with native speakers.”

Russian and Eurasian Studies and Chinese double major, Christy McKay, was awarded the CLS in Chinese and will travel to China this summer. McKay previously held a State Department Internship at the American Embassy in Moscow in the summer of 2017.

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