Rebecca Fong 2015 has been selected as a recipient of the competitive Critical Language Scholarship program, an intensive language study abroad. With an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent, the competitive Critical Language Scholarship is the most prestigious language program for U.S. citizens. This nationally competitive program funds students who study one of the 13 critical need foreign languages, and is part of the National Security Language Initiative. The 13 critical languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
Rebecca will travel to China to continue her Chinese studies. The two-month intensive course will cover material approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework and provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.
Award recipients are selected on the basis of merit with consideration for academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting; ability to adapt to a different cultural environment; diversity; plan for continuation of study of the language; and plan to use the language in future career.
All program costs, airfare, tuition, room and board, cultural program expenses, overseas health benefits, and applicable visa fees are fully covered for all participants in addition to a small stipend award.
Rebecca, who is currently studying abroad in London, is a double major in Environmental Studies and Communications & Media, with a minor in Chinese. She is a member of the Track & Field Team and plays intramural sports.