Lincoln-Way West student wins scholarship for language immersion camp
Thursday, May 10, 2018

On April 17, 2018, the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago notified Lincoln-Way West student Adriana Zuniga that she had been chosen as a winner of a scholarship to a one-week French Language Immersion Program at the Concordia Villages.

“I am beyond excited to study the French language and culture over the summer,” says Zuniga. Zuniga originally learned about the language immersion camp scholarship through her French teacher, Dawn Floyd.

“Adriana is an enthusiastic French student with a lot of talent and interest in languages,” says Floyd. “She is one of several students that I recommended for the Swiss Benevolent Society's scholarship, and I am thrilled that she will have the opportunity to advance her skills this summer. Concordia's camps are excellent and offer a unique environment for students to learn languages that is different from our classroom experience. I can't wait to see what she will bring back to us."

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be between the ages of seven and eighteen, and reside in Illinois, Wisconsin or Indiana. Each application must be submitted with a statement made by the student, parent and language teacher.

“When I first received the email, I was ecstatic and so were my parents. My family members and classmates all congratulated me on the award, but Madame Floyd was the most excited out of everyone,” says Zuniga.

The scholarship covers the cost of attendance to a one-week long language immersion camp at the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. Zuniga is in the process of solidifying her trip, and hopes to attend in July.

As a bilingual student, Zuniga says she already sees the benefits of knowing more than one language. “It gives one the opportunity to better understand different cultures and the people they consist of,” she says. “I am hoping to meet students that share the same aspirations I do when it comes to learning new languages.”