UM Student Wins Critical Language Scholarship for Summer Study in Russia

May 10, 2019

Tyler ZuidemaMISSOULA – A University of Montana student has won a Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian this summer in Vladimir, Russia.

Tyler Zuidema, who earned Russian and political science degrees from UM, will spend nearly 10 weeks overseas as she immerses herself in the experience.

“I am eager to learn as much as possible about Russian language and culture through the Critical Language Scholarship,” she said. “This is an amazing opportunity, and I can't wait to share my experience with others.”

The 2014 Havre High School graduate is the daughter of Amanda Storkson of Missoula and Timothy Zuidema of Great Falls. Zuidema plans to attend law school to study international law.

The U.S. Department of State sponsors and oversees the CLS Program as part of a larger U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to our national security and economic prosperity.

The program seeks participants with diverse interests and a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.


Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, coordinator; UM Writing Center programs, external scholarships and advising, 406-243-6140,