Scholarship Recipient Dreams of Assisting Arab Refugees

A’isha Fahmi, Honors College and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences sophomore, is pursuing her twin passions of psychology and Arabic to achieve her life-long dream of assisting Arab refugees in their own language with their unique psychological and emotional needs. Now she’s the thrilled and grateful recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship in Arabic, which will assist her in attaining the fluency she’ll need through an intensive summer session in Amman, Jordan.

Chinese Studies Scholar Headed to Silk Road City of Xi'an

Allen Nichols is a graduate student in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages specializing in teaching Chinese as a second language. He hopes to teach Mandarin at the high school level, thereby inspiring students to learn about different languages and cultures in order to become effective world citizens and build cultural bridges. In addition to Chinese, Nichols enjoys studying the Middle East as well as the Arabic and Persian languages. This summer, he will be immersed in all of these cultures as he pursues his Chinese studies in the ancient Silk Road city of Xi’an thanks to a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.