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Grand Valley student selected for State Department scholarship

  • Aubrey McMahan

Posted on May 02, 2013

Grand Valley State University alumna Aubrey McMahan has been selected for a prestigious nationally competitive scholarship offered through the U.S. Department of State. 

McMahan will spend summer 2013 in Oman studying Arabic through the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. 

She is one of approximately 600 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who earned a scholarship from the CLS program in 2013. As part of the program, McMahan will spend between seven and 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in Oman. 

The CLS program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. It provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. 

McMahan received assistance in applying for nationally competitive awards from Amanda Cuevas in the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships. McMahan also was named a 2011 Truman Scholar Finalist.

“Aubrey McMahan is deserving of this opportunity that will bring her one step closer to fulfilling her career goals.” Cuevas said, “Spending the summer as a Critical Language Scholar will be essential to helping her hone the language skills she will need to serve in this region of the world in the future.  She aspires to be a leader in the U.S. foreign service and I look forward to seeing the contributions she will make in the years ahead.”

Finalists for the 2013 CLS program hail from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. and represent more than 200 institutions of higher education. 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 other countries. 

For more information on nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, visit or contact Amanda Cuevas,

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