Madeline Frances McCloud

2019 Critical Language Scholar

Madeline Frances McCloud

Madeline Frances McCloud

Madeline Frances McCloud has earned a 2019 Critical Language Scholarship. She will travel to Suzhou, China, to study the Chinese language at Soochow University.

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.


“This award has allowed me to immerse myself in Chinese language and culture like no other program and that is invaluable. I will be able to increase my Mandarin ability and meet students from across the country who are likewise interested in Chinese culture.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Graduating May, 2021, from the College of Arts and Sciences with degrees in neuroscience and chemistry
  • Additional Awards:

    • Grawemeyer Scholarship

Inspired By

Ming Wu - her passion and effort in teaching Chinese made all the difference in my education. I do not believe I would be near as strong a candidate without her support and she makes learning Chinese one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Li Zeng – his dedication to teaching Chinese language and culture made me so interested in learning the language. Cheri Levinson, Caroline Christian, and Leigh Brosof - for helping me develop my professional skills in leadership and research.

The Chinese Department of UofL

Hometown information

  • Hometown:

    Worthington, Kentucky
  • High school:

    Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics (2017)
  • Parents:

    Tonja and Brian McCloud of Worthington, KY