Sycamore student wins national scholarship

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Eight University of Pittsburgh students, including a Sycamore native, will study abroad as award recipients in two prestigious national scholarship programs designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language skills.

Nicholas Collins, a senior economics major from Sycamore, has received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. He will study two dialects of Persian in Tajikistan. He is aiming to pursue a career as a diplomat.

“On a daily basis I listen to Persian music, usually through bia2.com – a Persian Internet radio site,” he said in a news release. “This has helped improve my listening comprehension and also my pronunciation. Additionally, I watch at least one Persian film a week, usually without subtitles, to supplement my learning and enhance the cultural side of learning a foreign language.”

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