Two University of Guam students have been accepted for the federal Critical Language Scholarship program.
Monita Paul and Lourdes Mafnas, both students at the University of Guam, were awarded scholarships for a federal program that aims to further their study of foreign languages.
Both Paul and Mafnas were selected for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship out of 4,600 applicants nationwide.
The scholarship program, which is considered critical to national security and economic prosperity, is fully funded and supports the study of 15 critical languages.
Students who participate in the scholarship program typically spend weeks studying abroad. However, most of this year’s CLS institutes will be offered virtually due to the pandemic.
Mafnas, an environmental science graduate student, is currently studying the Indonesian language remotely through a partner of the federal program, Universitas Negri Malang in Malang, Indonesia. Mafnas stated that though she cannot study abroad, she wanted to continue with the program because she believed it would open doors to other careers and opportunities.
Paul, a biology major and of Bengali heritage, joined the program to communicate with her family members. In addition, Paul is studying the Bengali language remotely through the American Institute of Indian Studies in Kolkata, India. Paul says that she hopes to use her experiences and knowledge from the program in her future career in the medical field.
For more information about the CLS program, you can contact UOG’s CLS advisor Chris Rasmussen at (671) 735-2813 or email: email@example.com.