Two Macaulay Honors College Students Win Critical Language Scholarships

Alexandra Ehrreich

Alexandra Ehrreich

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York congratulates sophomore  Alexandra Ehrreich (John Jay College) and junior Alina Shen (City College) for winning  Critical Language Scholarships (CLS).  Ehrreich will study Arabic in Amman, Jordan and Shen will study Mandarin in Taiwan.  CLS is an intensive overseas language study program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

Alexandra Ehrreich, who is from Fresno, California, is a criminal justice major at John Jay, where she is considering a career in law, defending the rights of people: “While CLS has programs in foreign nations across the globe, this level of immersion is especially important in Middle Eastern countries,” said Ehrreich.  I consider this three-month excursion the first step in educating myself in cultures, practices, religions, and lifestyles different from my own.  Hopefully, this education will continue for the rest of my life.”

Alina Shen

Alina Shen

Alina Shen is a heritage speaker of Mandarin who grew up speaking the language but says she has forgotten it over time. The Queens native applied to the CLS program after becoming involved with various programs and offices in Chinatown and Flushing.  “I often find myself unable to communicate to Mandarin speakers when trying to discuss topics like civic engagement, education systems, and labor organizing, so learning Mandarin became all the more important for communication and community organizing.”

Shen, whose major is public policy and ethnic studies, is also a William R. Kenan scholar and a  Horace W. Goldsmith Scholar.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and the largest city, New York City. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and an Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning, research and service opportunities. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, and Queens Colleges and the College of Staten Island. For more information, see macaulay.cuny.edu.

Contact: Sheila Stainback, sheila.stainback@mhc.cuny.edu or 212-729-2924