Ball ('17) receives Critical Language Scholarship

(April 7, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- McConnell Scholar Jeremy Ball will study Arabic for 10 weeks this summer in the Middle East.
Ball ('17) receives Critical Language Scholarship

Jeremy Ball

Jeremy Ball, of Manchester, Ky., has received the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic abroad this summer. He will travel to the Noor Majan Training Institute (NMTI) in Ibri, Oman, for nine weeks to further his language skills.

“I cannot wait to spend my summer abroad immersing myself in another language and culture. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity,” Ball said.

The language program, fully funded by the state department, covers one year of university-level coursework in nine weeks, with more than 20 hours of language instruction each week. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Ball is majoring in political science and economics with minors in history and international business at the University of Louisville. He recently completed an internship in Frankfort with the Kentucky State Senate.

Prior to traveling to Oman, Ball will spend time in Germany, followed by a four-week McConnell Center study abroad program to the People’s Republic of China that considers Chinese government and culture.

Ball is an active member of the UofL Honors Program, serves as a UofL Cardinal Host and is a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.