WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2010—On behalf of the National Security Education Program, the Institute of International Education held an awards convocation and orientation on June 9-10 for more than 100 U.S. undergraduate students who have been awarded Boren Scholarships to study abroad in 2010-2011.
Boren Scholarships provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide funding to U.S. graduate students to support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. One hundred thirty-eight Boren Scholars will be studying 24 languages in 32 countries, while 99 Boren Fellows will be studying 31 languages in 40 countries.
Representative Dan Boren addressed the Boren Scholars at an evening reception where the Scholars shared program experiences and expectations with parents, local campus representatives, program alumni, and other guests. The following day began with greetings from Allan Goodman, president of the Institute of International Education and Robert Slater, director of the National Security Education Program. Christopher Powers, director of Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, and Susan Sharp, assistant director, also addressed the group. Daryl Sink, chief of volunteer security for the Peace Corps, later spoke about safety and security. The orientation also included group discussions for the Scholars concerning Boren Scholarship policies and the service requirement. That afternoon, the Boren Scholars visited Capitol Hill, where they were able to visit the offices of their senators and local members of Congress.
The 2010-11 Scholars left Washington more prepared to journey abroad, acquire a deeper understanding of their chosen languages and countries, and bring home the benefits of their experiences.
Boren Scholars and Fellows study throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, and study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. As NSEP award recipients, Boren Scholars and Fellows make a commitment to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year following graduation. For the 2010-2011 academic year, the program received 925 applications for undergraduate Boren Scholarships and 519 applications for graduate Boren Fellowships.