Two Pacificans were awarded Boren Scholarships and a third was named as a Boren alternative this week. Pictured are (l-r) students Angeliza Lapid, Shannon Chapman and Brianna Juhrend.
Three Pacificans Named Boren ScholarsAward is for intensive language study abroad this summer and next year
Two Pacific students were awarded prestigious Boren Scholarships this week, and a third student was named an alternate. These impressive results in a national competition translate to a 75 percent success rate for this year's Pacific applicant pool.
Last month, two Pacific students were notified that they were awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for recent college graduates, a program of the US State Department. The Fulbright funds research projects in all fields and English teaching throughout the world, and is among the best-known and most respected post-undergraduate scholarship.
The Boren went to Brianna Juhrend and Shannon Chapman. Juhrend, a student in the School of Engineering and Computer Science and a Powell Scholar, will study in Saint Petersburg, Russia during the summer through Boren's STEM initiative. Chapman, a student in the School of International Studies, will jump start her skills in Twi, one of Ghana's native languages, in an intensive summer program in Florida. She will go on to continue studying the language, alongside a self-designed course load in agrarian studies, for the 2012-13 academic year in Ghana.
Angeliza Lapid, who was named a Boren alternate, is also a student in the School of International Studies and intends to study for a full year in China. Alternates are offered the award if a primary candidate declines the award.
"All of our applicants work so hard, and it is exciting for their mentors to see such great results," said Susan Weiner, Pacific's Fellowship Advisor. "Scholarships like the Boren and the Fulbright are life-changing opportunities that lead to unforgettable experiences, and then open doors for graduate school and future careers."
The Boren Scholarship is funded by the United States Department of Defense. It provides up to $20,000 to students who wish to study in areas of the world deemed critical to U.S. security interests and are underrepresented in study abroad programs. Boren allows students to begin study of languages rarely taught at U.S. universities, such as Korean, Bahasa Indonesian, and Swahili. Boren scholars must study abroad for at least a semester, but with the program's increasing competitiveness, applicants who wish to study for a full year have priority. Students studying science, technology, engineering or math may receive funding for summer language study.
Nationally, 161 awards were offered from a record-high pool of 1,014 applications. Ninety-six alternate candidates also were selected.
In mid April, Pacific was notified that School of International Studies student Nicholas Freeman and College of the Pacific student Julia Sasha Custer were named Fulbright Scholars. Both will use their award to teach English in Russia next year.
With these awards, six Pacific students have been awarded Boren Scholarships in the past three years. This is the second year a student was also named an alternate. Three students and two faculty members have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships in the past year.
For more information on the Boren Scholarship, visit http://borenawards.org/boren_scholarship.
For more information on the Fulbright Scholarship, visit http://fulbright.state.gov/.
For more information on Pacific's Fellowship Program, visit http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Majors-and-Programs/Special-Academic-Programs/Fellowships.html.