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MU grad studies language in NW Turkey

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A recent Marshall University graduate has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for the second consecutive year and is currently studying the Turkish language in northwest Turkey.

Mary Harper of South Charleston, who received a bachelor's degree in International Affairs, was one of approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students nationally who received the scholarship to study abroad.

The Critical Language Scholarship program is part of a government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

Harper will be pursuing a master's degree in English as a Second Language this fall at West Virginia University. She hopes to return to Turkey as a teacher working primarily with refugees.

She is the daughter of Rich and Peggy Harper.