Critical Language Scholarship Resources

When applying for the Critical Language Scholarship, there are a number of valuable resources available to you. Please use the resources included below to familiarize yourself with the application, evaluation criteria, and helpful tips. Do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions. Please email


Language Selection is crucial to the CLS application. Begin by researching the fifteen languages CLS offers and the prerequisites for each to determine your eligibility.


The CLS application includes a series of shorter essays and a personal statement. You can find a sample application here. We recommend you watch this informative CLS Program Application Tips video to learn how to craft a competitive application.


Essays are crucial to convincing the selection committee that you are deserving of the CLS award. After researching the application and watching the video, please take the time to look over the Application Essay Worksheet.


To better understand what the selection committee looks for when selecting applicants, read over the Selection Criteria document.


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