Ellie (Elizabeth) Woody
  • Ellie (Elizabeth) Woody is a junior Spanish and political science major from Lincoln. She is also in the University Honors Program. She will study Arabic and plans to go to law school to help immigrants and refugees. She believes that by diversifying the languages spoken by those who work in the immigration field, the United States can provide resources to ensure smooth immigration proceedings to a wider range of people.
  • Finalists for the program were selected from a diverse pool of over 4,600 applicants, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • The U.S. Department of State sponsors and oversees the program as part of a larger government effort to expand the number of Americans studying foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of institutes for summer 2021 will offer virtual programs.