Senior awarded Critical Language Scholarship from U.S. Department of State

Mark Firmani
Mark Firmani

April 1, 2013 - Mark Firmani, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to undertake intensive study of Arabic from June-August 2013 in Rabat, Morocco.

This prestigious and highly competitive scholarship, which is awarded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is part of the U.S. government's effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

"I look forward to living in a Middle Eastern country, working with the people, learning the language and the nuances of culture, and returning to the United States to share what I have experienced," Firmani said.
"The achievement of the Critical Language Scholarship is gratifying after all of my work at Quinnipiac. I think it goes to show that a student at Quinnipiac can really do anything, even when competing against students from other prestigious institutions around the country," Firmani said.

Firmani is completing a double major in English and history, as well as a minor in Middle Eastern Studies, and has studied Arabic at Quinnipiac and Middlebury College in Vermont. He will graduate from Quinnipiac in May 2013.