Swahili students win U.S. Department of State Scholarships

The African and African American Studies Program offers Swahili at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Professor Mungai Mutonya, a sociolinguist and Swahili scholar, teaches these language and culture courses.

Two Swahili students, Julia Stewart and Lucy Meigs, have been selected finalists for the 2020 Swahili Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the fully-funded program enables finalists to participate in an intensive 8-week summer institute in Arusha, Tanzania.

Julia Stewart majors in African and African American Studies and has a special minor in Swahili Language and Society. Lucy Meigs is a Biology major on a Neuroscience track.

In 2017, Neema Kamala and Alexandra Barrett won the Swahili CLS award and studied in Arusha, Tanzania.

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American university students to study one of fifteen critical languages. For more information, check out: www.clscholarship.org