Karlee Wroblewski, a Furman University sophomore from Somerset, Wis., has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State to undergo intensive study of the Chinese language.
Wroblewski, who will spend eight weeks studying at Suzhou University in China, is among approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the CLS Program in 2014. In addition to Chinese, CLS scholars study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu languages. U.S. students spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in one of 13 countries where these languages are spoken.
CLS 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 United States and the people of other countries.
An expatriate in Shanghai during part of her middle and high school years, Wroblewski says she looks forward to developing her Chinese language skills, and revisiting Chinese culture and people this summer.
A Chemistry and Chinese Language major at Furman, Wroblewski is involved in the Shucker Leadership Institute, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Executive Board, and Student Alumni Council. As a freshman, she was elected to the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. She also volunteers at Greenville middle schools and at the Ronald McDonald House, and serves as a Furman chemistry tutor.