05/13/2013 03:28 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU junior Logan de La Barre-Hays, a native of Jackson, Miss., has been
awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, or CLS, to study
a critical language during the summer of 2013.
De La Barre-Hays is an Honors College and College of Humanities & Social Sciences
student who is double majoring in both international studies and political science
with minors in Arabic, history and religious studies. She will graduate from LSU in
The application process was stressful, but it’s really exciting,” de La Barre-Hays
said. “Getting selected was really amazing because I don’t think enough LSU students
study abroad in general.”
De La Barre-Hays is one of approximately 610 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students
who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2013.
CLS participants will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes this
summer in one of 13 countries to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi,
Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu.
De La Barre-Hays will spend the summer in Morocco studying Arabic. She hopes that
through learning Arabic, she’ll be able to work in the future with organizations like
the State Department or Amnesty International to try to remedy some of the humanitarian
issues that are happening in the Middle East.
“I think there needs to be more American interest in remedying those sort of things,
but I personally believe that the only way that we can remedy those issues is learning
the language, immerging ourselves in the culture and then trying to give it a more
indigenous solution,” she said.
De La Barre-Hays credits LSU and especially the LSU Honors College support network
with her receiving the critical language scholarship.
“There’s a great support network,” she said. “I never would have been able to get
the critical language scholarship without the support of teachers like Drew Lamonica
Arms, who is the fellowship advisor in the Honors College. She’s just incredible.”
She added that the Honors College “provides that support system and reminds a lot
of LSU’s high achieving students that they have the capacity to get these sort of
big national scholarships.”
The CLS program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number
of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. It provides fully-funded,
group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences.
CLS program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the
scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional
Selected finalists for the 2013 CLS program hail from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and
the District of Columbia and represent more than 200 institutions of higher education
from across the United States, including public and private universities, liberal
arts colleges, minority-serving institutions and community colleges.
Consistent with the U.S. Department of State’s goals to increase diversity among international
educational exchange program participants, the CLS program actively recruits in states
and regions of the United States that have been historically under-represented in
international exchange and encourages students from diverse backgrounds and academic
majors to apply. The CLS program also promotes diversity in the independent review
process, and includes readers and panelists from 44 states and 160 institutions, including
land-grant public universities, liberal arts colleges, Historically Black Colleges
and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Ivy League institutions and community
colleges. In 2013, 255 professionals, including critical language faculty, area studies
specialists, international education professionals, and fellowship advisors, participated
in the selection process for the CLS program.
CLS program participants are among the more than 40,000 academic and professional
exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of State’s
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to promote mutual understanding and respect
between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The CLS
program is administered by American Councils for International Education and The Ohio
State University/Ohio University.
For further information about the CLS program or other exchange programs offered by
the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit www.clscholarship.org and http://exchanges.state.gov.
The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students
in applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall,
Gates, Mitchell, Udall, Truman and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying
for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information on the office,
contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013