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, Grethe Andersen and Lucy Meigs, have been awarded the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for Swahili. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the fully-funded program enables finalists to participate in an intensive 8-week summer institute.

Grethe Andersen majors in Anthropology: Global Health and Environment. Lucy Meigs is a Biology major with a special minor in Applied Swahili and Community Mental Health.

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