Huai Pal Vung

2019 Critical Language Scholar

Huai Pal Vung

Huai Pal Vung

Huai Pal Vung has earned a 2019 Critical Language Scholarship. Vung will travel to Indonesia to study the Indonesian language and stay with a host family.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students fully funded by the State Department. The program aims to broaden the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.


“I hope to serve as an effective citizen diplomat to the people of Indonesia.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Expects to graduate December 2019 from the College of Arts & Sciences with a degree in Asian studies.

Inspired By

Greg Carmichael, coordinator of REACH, has been a wonderful mentor to me since I met him. He has always listened to me and encouraged me not to give up on my dreams. I was not certain about applying the CLS program or accepting the CLS award because of my life circumstances, but Greg encouraged me to move forward and grasp the opportunity without hesitation.

Hometown information

  • Hometown:

    Louisville, Kentucky
  • High school:

    Iroquois High School (2014)
  • Parents:

    Lian Khan Cing and Thang Khen Kap, both of Louisville, KY