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Citadel News Service
10 Jul 2008

Cadets earn Fulbright, U.S. Dept. of State Critical Language scholarships

Citadel cadets working through the new Office of Fellowships were granted Fulbright and Department of State Critical Language scholarships.

Senior German and psychology major Tara Lee Woodside of Salem, N.J., was offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany for the 2008-09 academic year. Woodside is the eighth German major or minor at The Citadel to merit a Fulbright since 2002.

Senior French and history major John Daniel Lathers of Newport, N.C., was awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to learn intermediate Turkish this summer at the American Research Institute in Ankara. Lathers has been admitted to the master's program at Johns Hopkins' Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy.

Al Gurganus, director of the Fellowships Office, credits a joint effort by dedicated faculty, staff, and alumni with this year's awards.

"Without their counsel and encouragement even the strongest candidate would be hard pressed to assemble a competitive application,” said Gurganus. “With international fellowships 'it takes a village' to ready a contender."

In preparation for this year's grant applications, Woodside and Lathers received support from the Star of the West Foundation to hone their foreign language skills through summer study abroad. Both are graduates of The Citadel Honors Program, whose director, Dr. Jack Rhodes, nurtured their scholarly ambitions with rigorous challenges. "The students who embrace them," said Rhodes, "gain the confidence to take on any assignment, however difficult."

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