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Gibette Encarnación
Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

KU students awarded FLAS Fellowships for spring 2019

Wed, 02/06/2019

LAWRENCE — The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) — recently designated a 2018-2022 National Resource Center by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education — has announced the first round of awardees for the sought-after Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. As part of a national initiative to build international relationships, the Department of Education funds FLAS fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to learn languages uncommonly taught in U.S. schools.

As part of a national initiative to build international relationships, the Department of Education funds FLAS fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad and/or learn languages uncommonly taught in U.S. schools. At KU, CLACS offers language-learning programs in a variety of Latin American regional and indigenous languages, including Kaqchikel, Haitian Creole, Miskito and Portuguese.

The awardees

Undergraduates:

  • Antonia Camara, studying Portuguese. Camara is in the third year of the pre-nursing program, with a minor in Brazilian studies.
  • Regan Kassing, studying Portuguese. Kassing is in her second year of environmental studies with a minor in global & international studies.

Graduates:

  • Jeffrey Scott Metz, studying Portuguese. Metz is in the first year of the Latin American & Caribbean studies master's degree program.
  • Raychel Gadson, studying Haitian Creole. Gadson is in the first year of the African & African-American studies master's degree program.
  • Owen MacDonald, studying Portuguese. MacDonald is in the first year of the African & African-American studies master's degree program.
  • Tweesna Mills, studying Kaqchikel. Mills is in the second year of the indigenous studies master's degree program.
  • Heaven Snyder, studying Kaqchikel. Snyder is in the first year of the curriculum & teaching master's degree program.
  • Marjorie Stump, studying Haitian Creole. Stump is in the second year of the curriculum & teaching master's degree program.

FLAS fellowships are awarded for the academic year, funding undergraduates with up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Graduates receive up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend. Summer FLAS Fellowships (both undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $2,500. In addition to CLACS, the Center for East Asian Studies and the Kansas African Studies Center offer FLAS funding and courses of study in languages of their respective regions.

Applications for summer 2019 and the 2019-20 academic year are due Friday, Feb. 8. The application portal is now live.

To learn more about language programs at CLACS, please visit clacs.ku.edu/flas. For more information on FLAS fellowships, please visit flas.ku.edu



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