Some of Kentucky’s brightest students will get the chance to study Arabic at Western Kentucky University this summer through a new grant provided by Qatar Foundation International.
The $33,500 grant will cover tuition and travel expenses for 10 students to enroll in Arabic during the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth through WKU’s Center for Gifted Studies this summer.
“Learning another language is always important,” said Julia Roberts, executive director of the Center for Gifted Studies, in an interview Friday. “In addition, learning about the culture of other Arabic speaking people is valuable for our young people.”
The VAMPY program allows seventh- through 10th-graders to live on campus and spend six hours a day in an academic setting with other gifted students from June 25 to July 15. The program will turn 34 years old this summer, and it’s hosted students from across Kentucky, the United States and from 10 other countries, according to the release.