Scholarships for Summer Turkish at University Park
Scholarships in the amount of $500 to $2,000 per course are available for the introductory sequence in Modern Turkish at Penn State University Park (TURK 001, 002, and 003, listed on the Schedule of Courses under LANG 196A and B, and 296A for summer 2013). The application process is described at the bottom of this page.
Turkish may not leap to the front of your mind as a language with a great strategic and historical significance, but, in fact, a knowledge of Turkish gives you access to a number of important and dynamic cultures, political systems, and economies, each of which is becoming increasingly important in the twenty-first century.
With a population of more than 70 million, the Republic of Modern Turkey occupies a central political, cultural, and economic position in Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. The Turkish economy is the world’s seventeenth largest according to 2010 IMF data, and with its liberal political climate, Turkey is a key United States ally in the region. Turkey’s influence is evident in its longtime membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Council of Europe, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Consider also that following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Turkey has formed close cultural and business ties with the Turkic states of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Turkey not only has economic relations to many parts of the Caucasus and Central Asia, the Turkish language itself is also closely related to many languages spoken these regions, such as Kazakh, Turkmen, Azeri, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek, for example. And there is a high degree of mutual intelligibility between many of the Turkic languages. Viewed in this light, a knowledge of Turkish can provide access to numerous opportunities in business, politics, law enforcement, and nonprofit work both in the US and abroad (consider also that around 4.5 million Turkish heritage immigrants live in Europe).
Studying Turkish also offers entry into to the rich cultural and religious heritage of Turkey and can open research opportunities in the field of Eastern European studies, Ottoman history, and archeology. Turkey has long been a vital bridge between Asia and Europe and has been home to a rich variety of tribes and nations of people since 6500 B.C. These peoples include the Hittites, Lydians, Ionians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, and Seljuks. One of the important markers of Turkish history is the multilingual and multinational Ottoman Empire, which lasted from 1299 to 1922 and which is one of the largest and longest lasting empires in the world. The study of modern Turkish also provides a foundational skill for individuals interested in learning classical Ottoman Turkish.
If you are intrigued, we invite you to join us for the introductory Turkish language sequence offered at University Park this summer (starting June 10). Merhaba!
Application forms for the SGSP Turkish Language Scholarship are available through the link below. The application form should be submitted together with:
- a letter of recommendation from a school official (professor/teacher, counselor, or other school representative)
- a copy of your recent transcripts (unofficial copies will suffice)
- a personal statement, describing your current career goals, interest in studying Turkish, and your plans for further language study or travel abroad; the statement should be no more than two pages (12-point font, double-spaced)
- standardized test scores (high school students also need to include these)
Applications can be submitted by email attachments to Debbie Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org or by paper mail to the following address:
ATTN: Summer Language Scholarship, Strategic and Global Security Program
Office of Military and Security Programs
The Pennsylvania State University
PO Box 30
State College PA 16804-0030
Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to Jenifer O’Connor at jso6@ psu.edu.
High school and home school students applying for a Turkish Language Scholarship should NOT enroll themselves in the course. They will receive additional information regarding the steps and forms necessary to enroll. Please note that students under the age of 16 at the time of the program require Faculty Senate approval to enroll.
We will start awarding scholarships in early May 2013, and will continue doing so until the program fills.