BOSTON, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lisa Kelley, a student at Bunker Hill Community College, has won a prestigious Critical Languages Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. With the scholarship Kelley, who lives in Belmont, MA, will study Chinese in China this summer.
Kelley is one of 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in 14 countries where critical languages such as Chinese, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Persian, and Russian are spoken. The State Department chose Kelley from more than 5,200 applicants. The merit scholarships went to students representing all 50 states from a range of academic disciplines and U.S. colleges and universities.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully funded language instruction and cultural enrichment opportunities for students studying critical languages. The Intensive Summer Institutes began in 2006 to increase opportunities for U.S. students to study critical-need languages overseas. The program is part of a wider U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans mastering these languages.
Bunker Hill Community College has pioneered international education and cultural awareness through the creation of study-abroad programs tailored to the lives of community college students, whose jobs and family responsibilities can constrain time to travel. Students in the program have lived and studied in many countries, including China, Costa Rica, France, India, and Japan.
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Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts. The College enrolls more than 12,600 students on two campuses and at four satellite locations. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Six in ten students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls more than 700 international students who come from more than 90 countries and speak 75 different languages.
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