University Park, Pa. -- A new federal grant received by Penn State's Department of Comparative Literature, in the School of Languages and Literatures, will provide scholarship support for summer Arabic coursework for high school students who live near University Park, and for college students at Pennsylvania colleges and Penn State campuses other than University Park. Students can earn four Penn State credits through a special four-week intensive Arabic course, called the STARTALK Arabic Academy, that will be offered from June 13 to July 8 on the University Park campus.In addition, scholarships from other sources also are available for high school students who wish to study Turkish, Chinese, or Russian through this summer's Language Institute. These scholarships cover up to 90 percent of in-state tuition. Further information can be found at http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/language-institute/high-school.html.
As Department Head Caroline D. Eckhardt explained, the grant, called STARTALK ("Start Talking"), comes from federal funds that are administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK's mission includes expanding access to critical foreign languages by offering students creative and engaging summer experiences. For 2011, STARTALK has funded 108 summer programs nationwide.
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