UIC student, alumna selected for State Department Critical Language Scholarship

A graduate student and a recent graduate from the University of Illinois Chicago have been awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to participate in intensive foreign language programs this summer.

Erika Mei Chua Holum, a UIC graduate student in museum and exhibition studies with a concentration in Black studies, and Mona Zubi, who received a bachelor’s in public policy and minor in Russian from UIC in May, are among 700 competitively selected American students from 255 U.S. colleges and universities who received the award this year.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Due to the global pandemic, their institutes are being offered as virtual programs.


…UIC’s Office of External Fellowships provides advising and assistance to current undergraduate and professional school students in finding and applying for a range of nationally and internationally competitive fellowships, scholarships, and grants.