Angela Gizzi ’16 has been awarded The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Korean in Wonju, Korea. Wonju is located in Gangwon Province and the Wonju campus is 30 minutes away from PyongChang, the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, aimed at offering intensive overseas study in critical need languages.
In her application, Gizzi explained, “I am committed to learning the Korean language and introducing myself to Korean culture in order to pursue my immediate and long-term professional goals and passions. The CLS Program will provide the intensive language training and cultural experience necessary for me to be an effective leader at Hamilton as the 2014-2016 president of the Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) Rescue Team and historian of Asian Cultural Society (ACS).”
Gizzi is a psychology and classical studies major at Hamilton. She is a member of the Levitt Leadership Institute, a two-week intensive leadership training program for Hamilton students. She is also an Admission Office tour guide, a tutor for A Better Chance program, and a member of the Hamilton College Orchestra.
CLS students receive a minimum of 20 hours per week of classroom instruction and participate in extensive community engagement activities. The CLS program in Wonju incorporates a language policy that requires scholarship recipients to speak only Korean during program activities. The curriculum incorporates extensive co-curricular activities including excursions to explore culturally significant sites and community service projects where participants utilize their Korean language and culture knowledge and skills.
In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for 13 languages, including Azerbaijani, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian and Russian.
After graduating from Hamilton, Gizzi plans to pursue a Ph.D. in social psychology with a focus on race perceptions in South Korea. She is the daughter of Billi and John Gizzi of Homer, N.Y., and graduate of Homer Senior High School.