Evan Clark

2020 Critical Language Scholar

Evan Clark

Evan Clark

Evan Clark has earned a 2020 Critical Language Scholarship. Clark will travel to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia to study the Russian language at Lobachevsky State University. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, this scholarship has been cancelled.

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 am grateful for this excellent opportunity to enhance my Russian-language skills in an immersion environment while adjusting to Russian culture. This program will advance the language skills I developed last summer during the STARTALK Russian Language and Culture Immersion Program in Los Angeles."

Collegiate Experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Graduated in May 2020 with degrees in international relations, Spanish and history

    Additional Awards:

    • McConnell Scholar (2016-2020)

Inspired By

Professor Tom Dumstorf helped me tremendously to win a Critical Language Scholarship, for he recommended I apply and provided me excellent feedback about my responses to the program’s prompts. He also wrote me a letter of recommendation and provided me advice on topics to address in my application.

Hometown Information

  • Hometown:

    Owensboro, KY
  • High school:

    Daviess County High School (2016)

  • Parents:

    Chris and Lisa Clark of Owensboro, KY