MU grad studies language in NW Turkey
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.