USF World News

Critical Language Scholars to go to North Africa and India
April 6, 2011

Ginger Johnson and Demelza Hays, USF students won Critical Language Scholarships to study abroad for Summer 2011.  Critical Language Scholarships send students to intensive language institutes in-country to learn one of thirteen Critical Languages for 8-10 weeks.

Ms. Hays, an International Business major and Honors College student, was awarded the CLS Scholarship to study Punjabi in India. She has applied for the Boren and Pickering Scholarships as well and plans to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer. Ms. Johnson, a doctoral student in Applied Anthropology, will be studying Arabic in Tunisia in preparation for her dissertation research, which involves exploring how women in South Sudan are practicing resilience in the face of conflict.  

Ms. Penny Carlton manages the Critical Language Scholarship Portfolio for the Office of National Scholarships. She said, “We recommend that students come early in their University career to begin to build their profile to be competitive.  Using our new profile system, which students access through our website,, we are able to help them target the scholarships that fit them best. There are many opportunities for outstanding students as early as freshman year to apply for merit scholarships to study or research abroad as well as for graduate school. The USF Office of National Scholarships in collaboration with the Education Abroad Office consults with students to identify study abroad programs and strengthen their applications to these prestigious scholarships.” Contact Ms Carlton at

The next USF Deadline for CLS will be October 1st.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Councils for International Education. Students should alert the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) of their interest as soon as possible. 

Boren, DAAD, and Gilman scholarships also fund enrolled students to go to international locales.  DAAD is specifically for study, research and internships in Germany.  Boren emphasizes language and study abroad for 6-12 months. Gilman focuses on funding for a term abroad to undergraduates who are receiving the pell grant, who might not have other opportunities to go abroad due to financial constraints.  More information on these scholarships and many more can be found at the Office of National Scholarships website:

For more information on the Undergraduate Scholars award or merit scholarships, contact Penny Carlton, MFA, or Dr. Linda Lucas at the Office of National Scholarships by phone (813) 974-3087 or by email in person at SVC 1088 and online at to get the competitive edge.

Contact: Office of National Scholarships                                                                                    
Ms.  Penny Carlton
Tel:  (813) 974-3087
Johnson can be reached for comment at 229-393-8059
Demelza Hays can be reached for comment at 813-476-2132
CLS website: