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WIU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Holds Annual Awards Ceremony

May 16, 2016

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures honored 40 students at its second annual scholarship awards ceremony on April 17 in the Multicultural Center.

All scholarship recipients were presented with a certificate of recognition by Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures chair Gary Schmidt.

During the 2015-16 academic year, 31 students received the Vivian D. and Lenore Huston Kline Scholarship, which funds foreign language study at WIU in amounts of up to $10,000 annually. In addition to the Kline Scholarships for New Freshmen, Transfer and Continuing Students, 11 students received the award to fully fund their participation in the WISE-Costa Rica Study Abroad Program, which will be led by Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Daniel Brown in June.

During the past two years, Kline Scholarships have help fund students who studied in France, Germany and Spain. Eligibility for a Kline Scholarship requires that students be declared majors or second majors in foreign language.

The scholarship recipients were addressed by guest speaker Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Heather McIlvain-Newsad, who discussed her own reasons for studying German and Spanish and how language study enhanced her personal and professional life.

For more information about the WIU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, visit

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