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Four UGA students offered Boren Scholarships

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:21am

• Rebekah Worick, a junior from Dahlonega, majoring in international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs.

"The exceptional students I work with raise the level and broaden the scope of dialogue surrounding national security issues," said Elizabeth Hughes Sears, Boren Awards campus representative and student affairs professional in the Honors Program. "In their demonstrated commitment to using critical language skills to advance international cooperation, UGA students serve as outstanding representatives of their university, their nation and their generation."

Goodhue was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Wolof, a language commonly spoken in Senegal, and take classes in French and international development in Senegal through NSEP's African Flagship Languages Initiative. Keen will study Swahili and complete an internship in Tanzania, also through the African Flagship Languages Initiative. Rawls will study Portuguese at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Worick was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Pashto in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as part of the American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program.

This prestigious scholarship program is named for former U.S. senator David Boren of Oklahoma and provides resources for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to acquire language skills and experience in countries 'critical to the future security and stability of our nation.' An important rationale and a wonderful opportunity for students that helps reinforce American engagement throughout the world. And of course, first-rate language programs on campus make these opportunities possible.

Image: Carver Goodhue

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