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BW student Elise Wallis studied Arabic in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, on a highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State.

National Security Grad Elise Wallis '13, Lauded for Success

Having secured one of the nation’s most highly competitive scholarships, Elise Wallis ’13, studied Arabic in Tunisia, was named a BW Outstanding Senior and is interning with the Cleveland Foundation.

Wallis, who graduated from Baldwin Wallace on May 12, has accrued impressive experiences while at the University.

Last summer she was among 631 students selected from more than 5,200 student applicants for a 2012 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. The fully funded scholarship provided Wallis with two months of intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment.

“Being chosen for this competitive program was a wonderful honor and opportunity,” said Judy Krutky, Ph.D., professor of political science and international studies. “Studying in Tunisia, she learned the language and culture and can now better understand the thinking of the people."

While there, Wallis had Arabic lessons four hours each day, which included three hours of Modern Standard Arabic and one hour Tunisian dialect.

“While the academic facet of the program was quite demanding," said Wallis, "the CLS faculty and staff made it both engaging and enjoyable."

Updated May 2013

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