Pitzer Students Receive Critical Language Enhancement Award

Claremont, Calif. (May 11, 2015)—Two Pitzer College students, already Fulbright fellowship recipients, have also received a Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) for language instruction prior to their fellowships. A feature of the US Student Fulbright Program, the CLEA is given to a select number of students to help promote cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.

Maria Krol-Sinclair ’15
Maria Krol-Sinclair ’15

Maria Krol-Sinclair ’15, a political studies major, will receive Chinese language instruction for five months prior to her Fulbright award to China, where she will conduct research. At Pitzer, Krol-Sinclair has studied immigration policy and education reform. She has worked with day laborers who are learning English as a second language and served as a volunteer coordinator for Jumpstart. She studied abroad at Beijing University on the Pitzer in China program. She also received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship. Krol-Sinclair plans to earn her master’s degree in public policy before going to law school.

Braden Bernards '15
Braden Bernards ’15

Braden Bernards ’15, a political studies and urban studies double major, will receive Indonesian language instruction for three months prior to undertaking research on a Fulbright to Indonesia. A Robert Day Scholar, Bernards received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Nepal. He has also studied abroad in Germany. During his time at Pitzer, Bernards served on the College’s Student Senate and as a delegate at the Harvard National Model United Nations. He also received a DAAD German Academic Exchange award.

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