VERMILLION, S.D. -- Two University of South Dakota students have earned scholarships from the U.S. Department of State to learn or expand their ability to speak Russian and Azerbaijani.
Kaleigh (Rose) McLaughlin, a freshman from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who’s double majoring in international studies and history, will go to Azerbaijan this summer. Jenna Hayes, a junior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who’s pursuing a double major in English and anthropology, will go to Russia to further her learning of the language and culture.
The trips are funded through the Critical Language Scholarship Program in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Scholarship recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. More information is available at clscholarship.org.