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UMD Leads Boren Scholarship Awards for Third Year

April 25, 2014
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Beth Cavanaugh 301-405-4625

Boren ScholarshipsCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the third consecutive year, the University of Maryland leads the nation in Boren Scholarships – with 12 UMD undergraduates receiving awards for intensive international language study. This year's recipients will study seven languages in eight countries, including Brazil, Morocco, Senegal, Mozambique, Jordan, India, China and South Korea. The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 for long-term (two semester or longer), language-focused study abroad.

In addition, two graduate students at UMD have each received a $24,000 Boren Fellowship for language study and research in South Africa and China. These fellowships can also provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the international component.

“Maryland’s outstanding performances in the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship competitions reflect our students’ strong focus on international studies and language learning, as well as on the remarkable academic, research, and internship opportunities available to them at the University and in the Washington, D.C. region,” said Francis DuVinage, UMD’s Boren Scholarship and Fellowship advisor and director of the National Scholarships Office.

This year, 165 Boren Scholarships were offered from a pool of 868 applications. Maryland's 12 awards this year are a new record, surpassing last year's total of 10. Maryland ranked No. 1 in the nation for Boren Scholarships in 2012 and 2013. The Boren Fellowship program offered 106 awards from a pool of 497 applicants.

The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.

2014-15 UMD Boren Scholarship Awardees:

Joanne Angbazo – Portuguese in Mozambique
Angbazo is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and minoring in international development and conflict management, and French studies. She has interned in Nigeria and studied abroad in London.

Margaret Bailey – Arabic in Morocco
Bailey is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities majoring in Arabic studies and minoring in Russian studies. She is a member of the Language House's Arabic Cluster and College Park Scholars and has studied abroad in Morocco.

Molly Bernstein – Arabic in Morocco
Bernstein is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and Arabic studies and minoring in global terrorism studies, and international development and conflict management. She is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program and the College Park Scholars. Bernstein has studied abroad in Jordan.

William Flinter – Portuguese in Brazil
Flinter is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in criminology and criminal justice and Spanish language, literatures and cultures. He has studied abroad in Spain.

Carrie HildebrandtArabic in Morocco
Hildebrandt is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities majoring in Arabic studies. She is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program and Honors Humanities in the Honors College. Hildebrandt has studied abroad in Morocco and Israel.

Nadav Karasov – Urdu in India
Karasov is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in economics and minoring in international development and conflict management. He is a member of University Honors and has studied abroad in India.

Patrick Niceforo – Korean in South Korea
Niceforo is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and minoring in global terrorism and Korean studies. He was a member of the living-learning program CIVICUS and studied abroad in South Korea. 

Lea Patch – Korean in South Korea
Patch is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in criminology and criminal justice and psychology. She is also minoring in global terrorism and Korean studies. Patch was a member of the living-learning program CIVICUS and has studied abroad in South Korea.

Esther Robinson – Chinese in Taiwan
Robinson is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and Chinese. She is a member of the Language House's Chinese Cluster Honors Humanities in the Honors College. Robinson has studied abroad in Taiwan.
 
Kelsey Tremble – French and Wolof in Senegal
Tremble is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in government and politics and minoring in global terrorism studies and French studies. She is a member of Honors Humanities in the Honors College.

Amy Waterhouse – Arabic in Morocco
Waterhouse is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities majoring in Arabic studies and French language and literature, and minoring in global terrorism studies. She is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program and University Honors. Waterhouse participated in the living-learning program Beyond the Classroom and studied abroad in France.

Mohammad Zia – Arabic in Jordan
Zia is a senior majoring in global diplomacy and development through the Individual Studies Program in Undergraduate Studies. He is also minoring in global poverty. Zia has interned and studied abroad in Paris. He participated in the Hinman CEOs Program and is a member of the University Honors Program.

2014-15 UMD Boren Fellowship Awardees:

Michael Aposporos – Chinese in China
Aposporos is a master's student in the School of Public Policy specializing in international security and economic policy and a 2011 graduate of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He plans to study Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing and intern with an organization in Beijing. As an undergraduate, Aposporos studied abroad in China and was a member of the College Park Scholars.
 
Amanda Fogle-Donmoyer – Zulu in South Africa (declined)
Fogle-Donmoyer is a doctoral student in the College of Education's international education policy program. She declines the Boren Fellowship to accept a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to South Africa, where she will examine the current South African national civics curriculum and investigate how teachers shape and present the state's vision for citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa.