Senior Sarah Frana to study Arabic in Jordan through U.S. State Department scholarship

May 22, 2009

Luther College senior Sarah Frana was awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan during the summer of 2009.

Frana, a native of Ridgeway, Iowa, is the daughter of Ted and Cindy Frana. She transferred to Luther from Lewis & Clark College to pursue a major in biology. She is one of few students chosen out of 5,400 applications through a merit-based selection process.

From June 11 to Aug. 20, Frana's instruction in Modern Standard Arabic in Amman, Jordan will be completely funded by The Department of States Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes Program.

The CLS Program was launched in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas. It is part of a wider U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need languages.

Participants in the CLS Program are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

CLS Program participants are among the more than 40,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

For more than sixty years, ECA has funded and supported exchange programs that promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The CLS Program is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

Sarah Frana