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.