NOVA is pleased to announce that Christopher Winter, a NOVA student at the Annandale Campus currently enrolled in Chinese 202 with Professor Mei Jean Barth, has received a prestigious Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U. S. State Department and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The scholarship will allow him to attend an intensive language institute in China during summer 2014 with all program expenses paid, including tuition, airfare, room and board, cultural program fees, overseas health benefits and visa fees. The scholarship will also provide Winter with a modest stipend to cover incidental expenses and meals not otherwise provided by the program.
The worldwide CLS Program Institutes run seven to 10 weeks and are designed to provide instruction and proficiency equivalent to approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework in U.S. universities and colleges. The scholarship for Chinese requires applicants to demonstrate intermediate language proficiency prior to applying. The language classes Winter completed with Barth and Dr. Shirley (Xiaoli) Lee in the Annandale Division of Languages and Literature over the past two years helped ensure that he could meet the language standard.
Students interested in applying for a Critical Language Scholarship are encouraged to access the CLS home page for further information regarding scholarship opportunities. The link for the CLS website is http://www.clscholarship.org/.