Caitlin Denton '15 received the prestigious Boren Scholarship, which will fund study in Ghana.
Pacific Student Receives Prestigious Boren Scholarship to Study in AfricaScholarship will help fund language training, study and research on human trafficking in Accra, Ghana
Caitlin Denton '15, of Stockton, will be able to learn more about the language, people and customs of Ghana, West Africa, thanks to a Boren Scholarship that will help pay for language study this summer and a semester of study and research abroad. She joins three other Pacificans who recently received prestigious fellowships.
"I feel extremely excited to have this opportunity — and am nervous and excited for the summer program, studying abroad and most importantly the work and internship I will be doing there," said Denton, a sociology major in the College of the Pacific. "I am extremely passionate about combating human trafficking, because it impacts both children and adults internationally. This will help me with learning the language and viewpoint on the issue from the local Ghanaians through partnership."
Denton received the $10,000 scholarship to help pay for her semester work and a $7,400 summer award to fund her attendance at the African Language Initiative Program at University of Washington this summer to study Twi, the language spoken in Ghana. She will be studying abroad at the University of Ghana in Accra.
"I'll be with a non-government organization that combats human trafficking and helps with the rehabilitation of victims," said Denton.
Denton attended school in the Linden Unified School District. She is the justice coordinator for Pacific Christian Fellowship and dances with the Pacific Dance ensemble.
Boren Scholarships, funded by the National Security Education Program, provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and that are underrepresented in study abroad, such as Africa.