Two Villanova University Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships by U.S. Department of State

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Two Villanova University students, John Buglione III ’14 CoE and Brendan Carchidi ’17 CLAS, have been awarded 2014 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study Japanese at the Himeji Dokkyo University in Japan and Arabic in Amman, Jordan, respectively.

Buglione and Carchidi are among approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program this year. The CLS Program, which provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences, is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

“Since 2009, Villanova has had Critical Language Scholars study languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic, said Jane Morris, Director of the University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “Understanding language is a critical first step in promoting mutual understanding between countries, and we are proud of students like Jake and Brendan who extend their classroom learning through such an important language immersion experience.”

John “Jake” Buglione III, of Wall, N.J., is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and minors in Computer Science and Japanese. Buglione is a Villanova Endowed Scholar, a member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and since 2010 he has been involved with Villanova Baja SAE, a club dedicated to designing, creating, and competing with an off-road vehicle. He is also a facilitator for Villanova Vested, a program designed to interest high school students in pursuing science and engineering jobs. This summer, Buglione will spend his CLS studying Japanese at the Himeji Dokkyo University in Japan.  

Brendan Carchidi, of Holliston, Mass., is a rising sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Global Interdisciplinary Studies, French, Arab and Islamic Studies, and Honors. At Villanova, Carchidi is the secretary of the Student Government Association;  a tutor for RUBIAL at North Light Community Center; a member of LeVeL; and a member of Villanova Singers, the Pastoral Choir and the Select Choir. Carchidi is the founder and editor-in-chief of VillaLingua, Villanova’s first multi-lingual and multi-cultural literary journal. He has been inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was selected as 2015 Connelly-Delouvrier Scholar, which will allow him to study at L’Université Catholique de Lille in Lille, France during the spring 2015 semester. For his CLS, Carchidi will study Arabic in Amman, Jordan this summer.

About the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Program (CLS): The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Critical Language Scholarships Program was launched in 2006. In its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. Scholarships are now awarded for 13 languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.