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Student US State Department's Critical Language Scholarship winner Lesley Dudden portraitTalking Turkish

Sophomore Lesley Dudden of Venango, Neb., has won the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship. It is an unusual accomplishment for a sophomore to win this award. The scholarship will send Dudden to Alanya, Turkey, where she will study Turkish in a summer language emersion program.

Dudden, a political science and global studies major, is interested in Turkey for its combination of Muslim culture and secular government. She plans to attend graduate school in Middle Eastern studies.