Student earns State Dept. scholarship to study in S. Korea

Shippensburg University senior Ethan Goldbach is one of approximately 610 undergraduate and graduate students nationwide to receive a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for 2013.

ethan1Goldbach will study Korean in South Korea beginning this summer. According to State Department information, recipients will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in one of 13 countries to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu.

According to Goldbach, “I am honored to be a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship. This highly competitive scholarship will allow me to study the Korean language in Wonju, Korea for eight weeks this summer. For the past six years, 20 to 30 students from large and prestigious institutions across the country have been selected to participate in this rigorous program. This year, I will be proud to represent Shippensburg in this program and abroad.”

Goldbach, from Greencastle, is a history major with minors in anthropology, international studies and music, and is a member of the university’s Honors Program. He is ending his term as president of the Student Association and is a member of various campus organizations including Act V Productions, Concert Choir and the Madrigal Singers.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, according to a press release from the State Department. It provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Finalists for this year’s awards were from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and represented more than 200 institutions of higher education from across the country.

The CLS Program actively recruits in states and regions of the U.S. that have been historically under-represented in international exchange and encourages students from diverse backgrounds and academic majors to apply, the release said. In 2013, 255 professionals, including critical language faculty, area studies specialists, international education professionals, and fellowship advisers, participated in the selection process.

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 U.S. and the people of other countries.