[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)] [Extensions of Remarks] [Page E207] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING GRACE MENG FOR RECEIVING THE 2013 CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP ______ HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY of virginia in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Ms. Grace Meng, a resident of Vienna, Virginia, who is a recipient of the 2013 Critical Language Scholarship. The Critical Language Scholarship Program was established in 2006 by the Department of State as part of an effort to train American young people in languages that are critical to our nation's global interests. For three months, attendees are immersed in an intensive cultural environment that teaches a new language, new culture, and new sense of self. The CLS program is remarkably competitive; in 2013 nearly 4,000 students from around the country applied, but only 597 were accepted. Due to her impressive academic success, I am proud to say that Grace Meng was one of those chosen. Participants in the Critical Language Scholarship Program do more than simply enrich their own appreciation of a foreign culture. Their deep understanding of these critical regions ensures that our nation has capable individuals that can work on issues vital to the interests of the United States. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing the service of Grace Meng, and in wishing her heartfelt congratulations on her achievements.