Elizabeth Hale, 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (Arabic)

Elizabeth started studying Arabic when she was 13 and hasn't stopped since. An International Studies major with a concentration in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at Colorado State University, she spends her time as president of the Arabic Club and as a Student Ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts.

She aims to get a graduate degree in Arabic linguistics and become a professor of Arabic because of her passion for the language and her belief that more Americans should learn about Arabs, their culture and their language.

A New Mexico native, she also studies Spanish and eats prodigious amounts of green chile.