College Offers Foreign Language Scholarships for Prospective Students

High school students who are learning Spanish, French or Italian and wish to pursue language study in college now have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship.

For years, Manhattan College has encouraged students to broaden their knowledge of an increasingly connected world by learning second languages, traveling abroad and pursuing cultural studies.

The College continues this mission by offering a special scholarship opportunity for high school students who are learning Spanish, French or Italian and wish to pursue language study in college. The scholarship is ideal for students considering international careers, teaching or graduate and professional schools.

“The exam was intended to promote the study of modern languages and literature,” said Caitlin Read, coordinator and director of enrollment management operations, who mentioned that more than 60 students registered for the exam last year.

To qualify for the scholarship test, students must major (or double major) in Spanish or French or minor in Italian and take a language course every semester. Students should have a 3.0 academic average on a four-point scale, an 85 average on a 100-point scale or be in the top 25 percent of their class by the end of junior year. A letter of support from a language teacher is required to take the scholarship test.

The exam will consist of a reading passage, about which students must write in the target language. Native language speakers will be judged by different criteria than more standard learners of the language.

The number and size of the awards will vary depending on individual performance and level of competition. Finalists will be required to apply and be accepted to Manhattan College by Feb. 15, 2012.

The test will take place in Smith Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. To register, visit

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