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2015-16 BOREN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

Congratulations to the nine UMD students who were awarded the Boren Scholarship.

The Boren Scholarship is a Department of Defense award that provides up to $20,000 for long-term (two semesters or longer), language-focused study abroad. The program is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and allows students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The program targets applicants with a strong interest in using their skills for government service.

Among the nine Boren recipients for the 2015-16 season, eight are majoring, minoring or have a second major in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) or the Department of Linguistics, both within the College of Arts and Humanities. Four are studying in SLLC’s Arabic Flagship Program and one is a member of both the Arabic and Persian Flagship Programs.

2015-16 UMD Boren Scholarship Awardees:

Mariam Badi (award to study Swahili in Tanzania)

Badi is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in Government and Politics and minoring in International Development and Conflict Management. In spring 2014 she studied abroad at the University of Manchester in England, and in summer 2013 she taught English with Learning Enterprises in El Guasimo, Panama. She is currently interning at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Washington, DC.  Mariam is an alumna of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program.

Olivia Bethea (award to study French and Wolof in Senegal)

Olivia is a junior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities double majoring in Government and Politics and French Language and Literature. During summer 2013 she interned at the National Archives and Records Administration and since June 2014 has been interning at the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Olivia earned a citation in Honors Humanities from the Honors College.

Sarah Brown (award to study Arabic in Morocco)

Sarah is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities, double-majoring in Arabic and Linguistics, and is a member of Maryland’s Arabic Flagship Program and the University Honors Program of the Honors College. She is a member of the Intelligence Center of Academic Excellence program at Maryland, of the Language House (Arabic Cluster), and is a participant in the Federal Semester Program, for which she is interning this semester at the Center for Advanced Study of Language. Sarah will be enrolling in the Arabic Flagship Overseas Program in Meknes, Morocco during her Boren year abroad.

Brian DeShong (award to study Arabic in Morocco)

Brian is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities double-majoring in Government and Politics and Arabic Studies, and participated in the College Park Scholars Science, Discovery, and the Universe program. He has studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco, where he interned with the National Human Rights Council and taught English. He will be enrolling at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh, Morocco during his Boren year abroad.

Sarah Iskander (award to study Arabic in Jordan)

Sarah is a senior majoring in Arabic Studies, and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies and International Development and Conflict Management. She is interning for the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch, and previously served as a research assistant for The Middle East Institute. At Maryland Sarah is a student researcher with the  Geographies of Conflict and Development Program, using geographical analysis to study the relationship between foreign development assistance and the dynamics of intrastate-armed conflict. She will study at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan, during her Boren year abroad.

Lindsay Jodoin (award to study Arabic in Jordan)

Lindsay is a junior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in Government and Politics and minoring in Arabic, and has studied abroad in Amman, Jordan. She interned in the office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in the summer of 2013. Lindsay is also a recipient of a summer 2015 Critical Language Scholarship award for intensive Arabic study abroad. She will study at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan, during her Boren year abroad.

Anna Pavlos (award to study Arabic in Morocco)

Anna is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities double-majoring in Government and Politics and Arabic Studies, and minoring in Global Terrorism Studies, and is a member of Maryland’s Arabic Flagship Program and of the University Honors Program of the Honors College. She has had multiple internships at the Department of State and with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Anna will be studying in Meknes, Morocco, with the Arabic Flagship Overseas Program.

Catherine Tappert (award to study Arabic in Morocco)

Catherine is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences double-majoring in Arabic Studies and Government and Politics, and is a member of Maryland’s Arabic Flagship Program and of the University Honors Program of the Honors College. She has interned with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), taken part in the Federal Semester program, and worked full-time for over one year with the office of the Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Iraq in the U.S. Catherine will be enrolling in the Arabic Flagship Overseas Program in Meknes, Morocco during her Boren year abroad.

Joseph Sammarco (award to study Arabic in Morocco)

Joseph is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities double-majoring in Arabic Studies and Persian Studies. He has lived in the Arabic Cluster of Language House, is a member of the Intelligence Center of Academic Excellence program at Maryland, and has interned with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). This year Joseph is participating in the campus-based Capstone Year of Maryland’s Persian Flagship Program, and next year he will enroll in the Arabic Flagship Overseas Program in Meknes, Morocco.