UM Student Wins Critical Language Scholarship for Study in Russia

April 28, 2017

UM sophomore Kitiri McDunnMISSOULA – University of Montana student Kitiri McDunn recently won a competitive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for an all-expenses-paid intensive summer language program in Russia this summer.

McDunn is a sophomore Russian major and linguistics minor. She is a 2015 graduate of Helena High School and the daughter of John and Angela McDunn of Helena.

 “I am excited to have accepted a Critical Language Scholarship for the summer of 2017,” McDunn said. “I will be studying Russian at the KORA Russian Language Center in Vladimir, Russia, and living with a host family for eight weeks.”

CLS is funded by the U.S. Department of State with the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying critical languages. The program also includes cultural events for full immersion. For more information on the CLS program, visit


Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, coordinator, Writing Center Programs, External Scholarships, and Advising, 406-243-2684,