UMD STUDENTS AWARDED BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS

ARHU students help set a new record for the UMD campus with Boren award success rate.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are highly competitive Department of Defense awards for language study in regions critical to U.S. national interests. The program targets applicants with a strong interest in using their skills and knowledge in government service.
 
Notably, Maryland undergraduate applicants for Boren Scholarships achieved a 58% success rate, with 7 of our 12 applicants selected for awards, compared with a national selection rate of only 16% (940 applicants and 151 recipients). Maryland’s grad students performed strongly as well, with 6 of our 12 applicants receiving Boren Fellowships, compared with a 19% selection rate nationally (625 applicants and 117 recipients). Both results set new records for the UMD campus and place us among the top recipient institutions nationally.
 
Boren Scholarships: Information about individual students will be added as it becomes available.
 
Emily Burke, a senior double majoring in History and Government, has been awarded a $20,000 Boren Scholarship for an academic year of language study and coursework in Turkey. Burke also received a College Park Scholars citation in spring of 2009 (International Studies) and took part in the Federal Semester program in the fall and spring of 2008. She is a recipient of a Department of Homeland Security Career Development Program Scholarship and has served as a research assistant with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. While in Turkey Burke will study at Bogazici University, Istanbul.
 
Crystal Goldie, a senior majoring in History and Government and minoring in International Development and Conflict Management, has been awarded about a $15,000 Boren Scholarship for intensive language study in Nigeria for fall 2011. There she will study at the University of Ibadan. Goldie’s award also provides for summer 2011 Yoruba language studies at the University of Florida.
 
 
Iman Ng, a junior majoring in Arabic Studies and Government and Politics, has been awarded a $20,000 Boren Scholarship for intensive study of Arabic in Syria for 2011-12. However, it is likely that an alternate study abroad site will be selected by the Boren program. He is also the recipient of a summer 2011 Critical Languages Scholarship of the U.S. State Department for intensive language study in Russia.
 
Sarah Straney, a sophomore majoring in Russian and History (Honors), has been awarded a $20,000 Boren Scholarship for intensive language study in Russia for 2011-12. A committed language student, Straney spent the summer of 2010 at Middlebury College’s Davis School of Russian. For her Boren year abroad Straney will study in St. Petersburg with the ACTR program.
 
Boren Fellowships:
 
Camille Kardel, is pursuing a master’s degree in Persian with the Persian Flagship Program, College of Arts and Humanities. Kardel has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to Tajkistan. Kardel will study Persian in Dushanbe while working at a local NGO on issues of gender and development.
 
Vanessa Leal, is currently a master’s candidate in Arabic with the Arabic Flagship Program, College of Arts and Humanities. Leal has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to Syria. However, it is likely that an alternate study abroad site will be selected by the Boren program. Leal has proposed to complement Arabic study in Damascus with work in immigration and refugee affairs at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
 
Gabriel Ramirez is a master’s candidate in Arabic with the Arabic Flagship Program, College of Arts and Humanities. Ramirez has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to Syria. However, it is likely that an alternate study abroad site will be selected by the Boren program. In addition to pursing Arabic study in Damascus, Ramirez has proposed to examine Shari’ah’s role in society.