SLLC’s Iman Ng received the highly competitive Boren scholarship to study Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt for this academic year.
A three-time recipient of the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship, SLLC senior Iman Ng also recently received an undergraduate Boren Scholarship to study Arabic for a year in Egypt. Following this year abroad, Ng will graduate from the University of Maryland as a double major in Government and Politics and Arabic Studies, and a double minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Russian Studies. Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Boren Scholarships award up to $20,000 to American students studying languages abroad deemed critical to U.S. interest and diplomatic growth. Boren scholarship recipients study languages such as Amharic, Chinese, Swahili, Arabic, and Czech—to name a few. All Boren recipients must complete a one-year, congressionally mandated service requirement within three years following their return from their study abroad which Boren funding helps make possible.
Ng, a student in the undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program here at UMD, is currently completing a capstone year abroad in Alexandria, Egypt as part of the Arabic studies program with the UMD Arabic Flagship. Ng’s Boren scholarship covers all costs associated with his capstone year experience, including his Arabic studies at the University of Alexandria. This capstone year is an essential component of the Arabic Flagship, one of the Language Flagship programs federally funded by NSEP and the U.S. Department of Defense. Notably, Ng along with nine other undergraduate students, study at the graduate rather than undergraduate levels of the abroad Arabic Flagship programs.
While Ng speaks six languages fluently, he continues to focus and hone his Arabic competencies in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian dialects. With a passion for languages, Ng hopes to pursue a career as a foreign officer with the U.S. Department of State following graduation. Regarding his remarkable fluencies -of Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian, Ng says, “Language is a living being and I am more interested in learning how to speak than read from esoteric tomes on complex grammar.” For Ng, the rewards of reaching fluency in a new language outweigh the daily challenges of studying a foreign language. These hard-earned rewards, says Ng, “will come later in the form of an enriched and multicultural life, shaped by unforgettable experiences with amazing people from around the world.”
To learn more about how to apply for a Boren undergraduate scholarship or graduate fellowship, visit: http://www.borenawards.org/