Two Students Receive Prestigious Boren Scholarships
Two students from the School of International Studies were awarded Boren Scholarships last week. The Boren is a State Department-funded scholarship for students pursuing intensive study overseas of languages that are critical to U.S. national interest.
Kelly Walker and Trevor Rosenbery - both sophomores - were notified about the award last Thursday. Both plan to study in China during the 2010-2011 academic year.
"This is the second year that two SIS students have won the Boren," said Susan Weiner, the Fellowship Advisor at Pacific. "The Modern Languages Department together with the School of International Studies are doing a terrific job in preparing Pacific students to be strong contenders for this prestigious award."
The Fellowship Office at Pacific works with faculty to identify the university's most exceptional students in all fields, and mentors these students throughout the application process for national scholarships and competitive internships.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to undergraduates in the United States for study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad programs. Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East are typical Boren study countries. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
The scholarship is funded by the National Security Education Program, which has expanded the definition of national security to include as the concerns of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
This year, one hundred and thirty-eight awards were offered from a pool of 925 applications.