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Liam Ohrvall '21 Awarded the Prestigious Critical Language Scholarship from U.S. Department of State

Liam Ohrvall

International Studies major Liam Ohrvall ‘21 has been awarded the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State. The CLS Program is designed to expand the number of Americans with language skills critical for national security and economic prosperity, and is a key conduit for recruiting talent into the U.S. Foreign Service. The program receives approximately 5,500 applications a year for about 550 available scholarships.

"I honestly couldn’t believe it," Liam said in response to the news.  "This is a very unique program because of the heavy emphasis on cultural and language fluidity."  To become competitive for the CLS Program, Liam has spent the past two years studying Arabic at Covenant, has worked with Arabic-speaking refugees in Clarkston, Georgia, and founded Covenant's Arabic Club.

Next, Liam will take part in a week-long orientation in Washington, DC, in preparation for the CLS's three-month overseas language and cultural immersion program this summer.  After graduation, Liam intends to pursue a career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer working in the Middle East.