Honors College Senior Simone Hassan-Bey Wins Critical Language Scholarship

Simone Hassan-Bey

Simone Hassan-Bey, an Honors College senior, has won a Critical Language Scholarship to study Korean this summer. She is the only University at Albany student to have received this award since 2016, and the first ever for the Korean language.

Critical Language Scholarship is a nationally competitive scholarship. Winners are selected from a pool of over 4,600 applicants, who represent all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Simone is an Honors College senior, majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and management, and a minor in Korean studies.

This year, she founded the Yoonhee Yoshi Kim Memorial Scholarship, which was announced in February. The program awards $250 each to five undergraduate students who exhibit resilience and service to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Prior to attending UAlbany, Simone took a gap year to participate in the National Security Language for Youth Korean 2016-2017 program. Simone will return to intensive Korean language studies with the Critical Language Scholarship this summer.