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2 Pitt students received 2024 Critical Language Scholarships

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Two University of Pittsburgh students have been named 2024 Critical Language scholars. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive summer opportunity for American college students to gain language and intercultural fluency in regions critical to U.S. economic prosperity and national security.

Here are Pitt’s winners:

Dannial Cardillo, a senior majoring in Chinese in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, is a two-time Critical Language scholar; he previously won in 2023 and studied in Turkey. This time, he will be studying Persian in Tajikistan. Cardillo has also previously won the Boren and Gilman scholarships.

Christina White is a graduate student in the School of Medicine. She will study Persian in Tajikistan and hopes to use her language skills to better serve Persian-speaking patients in Pittsburgh.

Pitt students and recent graduates can work with the David C. Frederick Honors College Office of National Scholarships and Post-Graduation Success to prepare for and apply to prestigious awards like the CLS.