Two LSU Students Receive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

05/27/2014 10:15 AM

BATON ROUGE – Two students from LSU – Logan de La Barre-Hays, a native of Jackson, Miss., and Ryan Sartor, a native of Metairie, La. – have each been awarded the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, or CLS, to study critical needs languages during the summer of 2014.

“We are proud of both Logan de La Barre-Hays and Ryan Sartor on being selected as Critical Language Scholars this year,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We applaud their efforts to expand their knowledge and experiences globally. In today’s world, understanding other cultures and languages is vital, and there’s no better way to truly grasp a new language than to immerse yourself into that culture.”

This is the second Critical Language Scholarship for de La Barre-Hays, who plans to study Arabic this summer in Jordan. De La Barre-Hayes graduated this May and with College Honors from the LSU Honors College and earned degrees in international studies and political science from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Last summer, she studied Arabic in Tangier, Morocco.

Sartor is a psychology major in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. He plans to study Arabic in Oman over the summer.  

These students are among the approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2014. 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.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically 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 careers.

Selected finalists for the 2014 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 43 states and the District of Columbia and 183 institutions, including land-grant public universities, liberal arts colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Ivy League institutions and community colleges. In 2014, more than 300 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, please visit and


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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014