EPPS Student Wins State Department Scholarship

Addison Larson, a junior International Political Economy major, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. State Department for the summer of 2014. She will be spending the summer in Ibri, Oman, where she will be immersed in Arabic language studies.

Larson, who plans to pursue a career in urban development in the Middle East or North Africa, believes that her time in Oman will both leave her with an intermediate level of fluency in Arabic and provide her with a deeper knowledge of Omani and Arab culture.

Larson first heard of the Critical Language Scholarship in her freshman year, but she didn't begin seriously considering the program until the summer of 2013.

She scheduled a meeting with Dr. Douglas Dow, a clinical associate professor in the honors college at UT Dallas. "At that meeting, we began to discuss what I wanted my future and career to look like. By the end of the summer, I realized that learning Arabic would be a vital component of my future career, and that the Critical Language Scholarship was the best possible step towards fluency in the language."

Larson credits her experiences at UT Dallas with helping her to receive the Critical Language Scholarship. She said she is "surrounded by high-achieving peers who actively seek to gain knowledge and experience both inside and outside the lecture hall."

Other students who are interested in the Critical Language Scholarship and other academic scholarships can find more information at http://honors.utdallas.edu/distinguished-scholarships/featured-scholarships.