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PSU to award scholarships to students studying Arabic

High school and college students interested in studying Arabic this summer at the Language Institute of Penn State can apply for scholarships.

Vicki Fong, manager of communications for the College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Relations and Development, said 15 to 20 applicants will be considered for the scholarship.

The scholarship is funded by a federal grant through Penn State’s Department of Comparative Literature in the S chool of Languages and Literatures, Fong said.

The scholarships will pay for up to 90 percent of in-state tuition fees at the Penn State.

The scholarship supports eligible students enrolled in the STARTALK Arabic Academy program – a four-week intensive program equivalent to a full semester of a four-credit Arabic 001 course, Fong said

STARTALK — abbreviated for “Start Talking” — is a national initiative that supports creative and engaging summer experiences for students,” with the goal of enhancing language skills.

Penn State’s STARTALK Arabic Academy also includes a professional seminar for teachers, a report from Penn State said.

Other scholarships are available for high school and college students who plan to study Turkish, Chinese, Korean or Russian this summer at The Language Institute at Penn State.

For more information or to file an application, visit