SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State University announced Thursday, Kevin Rudaski of Waldorf, Md., a cadet at the university's Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 has been awarded a Project Global Officer (Project GO) Scholarship.
According to an ASU press release, the scholarship will fund Russian language studies through Indiana University over the summer.
Project GO is an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office that provides scholarships to ROTC students for critical language skills.
The scholarship will pay for Rudaski's tuition, fees, books, as well as other expenses to participate in a virtual Russian language and culture program from June 1 to July 30 at Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
Students will meet four hours a day and pledge to speak Russian only in class and during various activities, including conversations with native speakers.
Classes are oriented at helping students develop proficiency and acquire cultural knowledge, as well as habits needed to interact appropriately within a Russian-speaking community, the release said.
Rudaski is an intelligence and analysis major with a minor in Russian. He is enrolled in Russian 2312 taught by Ewa Davis, a Russian instructor.
“In addition to our regular class time, Kevin and I have been working separately on expanding his Russian language skills,” Davis said. "Needless to say, Kevin is a bright and studious gentleman. It is truly rewarding to see such enthusiasm and devotion in a student.”
Rudaski is a cadet major in ROTC Det. 847, president of ASU's Russian Club student organization and expected to graduate in May.
He has been accepted into the Master of Science in Foreign Service graduate program at Georgetown University.