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Awardees of 2018 Scholarship to Concordia Language Villages Announced


Many thanks to everyone who submitted an application for one of the twenty-five $1,000 Lead with Languages scholarships to attend a 2- or 4-week summer youth immersion program at Concordia Language Villages. Your videos explaining why language learning is important to you both moved and inspired us!

This year, awardees hail from 17 states and are attending camp in ten languages, including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swedish!

Collage of some Concordia Scholarship Awardees

In videos ranging from testimonials to skits, puppet theater, original songs, and even sporting some cool special effects, these future campers explained the wide variety of reasons they have for learning languages:

“I want to learn Chinese so I can understand Chinese culture more deeply and so I can bridge my two cultures together.”

“I want to be able to provide therapy to people who can’t get it because of a language barrier. In short, Spanish is my way to make the world a better place.”

“Learning Portuguese is important to me because I believe in compassion and service. I want to be a missionary nurse and travel the world helping people. By learning another language, I’ll be more prepared to serve the population of other countries.”

“I want to learn [Norwegian] because it’s part of who I am. […] I want to learn more about the culture and the language so when I’m older I can go to Norway as an exchange student to learn even more about the culture.”

“As you can see from the effects I use, I’m a filmmaker—or at least I want to be. To be a filmmaker, I’m going to need to travel the world speaking all the different languages, so I might as well start out with French.”

Watch @LeadWLanguages social media channels to catch some of the winning videos as we share them in the days ahead,

or visit Concordia Language Villages’ channel to see a playlist of selected videos now!

Awardees include:

  • Alba, New York — German
  • Anna, Virginia — Spanish
  • Angelina, Arizona — Japanese
  • Carmen, Minnesota — Russian
  • Daniel, Georgia — Russian
  • Douglas, South Carolina — Russian
  • Emma, Oklahoma — Russian
  • Eva, Tennessee — Chinese
  • Jared, Colorado — French
  • Judy, Michigan — Japanese
  • Katie, Virginia — Portuguese
  • Kennedy, Maryland — Spanish
  • Leah, California — Russian
  • Macy, Indiana — Spanish
  • Maggie, Missouri — Chinese
  • Makae, Minnesota — Italian
  • Micah, Montana — German
  • Oliver, Minnesota — German
  • Omer, Florida — Spanish
  • Reese, Minnesota — Chinese
  • Saron, California — Spanish
  • Synnove, Minnesota — Norwegian
  • Thomas, Oklahoma — German
  • Violet, North Dakota — Swedish
  • Xander, North Dakota — French

Are you ready to connect with your heritage, prepare for your future career, or make some lifelong friends during your own language immersion experience? Check out our Summer Programs page or our list of Study Abroad Programs for ideas on how to get your adventure started.