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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the second consecutive year, the University of Maryland leads the nation in Boren Scholarships, with 10 undergraduate students receiving awards for long-term intensive international language study. This year's recipients will be studying in Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey and Russia. In 2012, UMD also ranked first with eight recipients and was the third highest recipient institution in 2011 and 2010.
The Boren Scholarship, a Department of Defense award funded by the National Security Education Program, provides up to $20,000 for undergraduate students pursuing language study in regions important to U.S. national interests. Nationally, more than 1,000 students applied for a total 160 Boren scholarships this year.
"We are committed to graduating students who are internationally aware and globally skilled, and these outstanding scholars are among the most successful," said University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. "We are proud of their achievements, and look forward to their contributions to Maryland and our nation."
This year, five of UMD's Boren Scholars are members of Maryland's Flagship language programs in Arabic and Persian. The program helps students develop professional-level language skills along with deep knowledge about the many cultures of the modern Middle East, and of the Persian-speaking nations of Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.
UMD's 2013 Undergraduate Boren Scholars:
Chineme Ezekwenna -- Igbo in Nigeria
Ezekwenna is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, majoring in government, with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. She is also a member of the Global Communities living-learning program and the Language House French Cluster.
Erin Hylton – Portuguese in Brazil
Hylton is a senior in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, majoring in Civil Engineering. She is also a member of the Honors College University Honors program.
Alanna Jordan – Persian in Turkey
A senior in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Jordan majors in international business and Persian studies and is a member of the Honors College University Honors and Persian Flagship programs.
Shawn Letourneau – Arabic in Egypt
Letourneau is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities, majoring in Arabic studies and central European, Russian, and Eurasian studies. He is a member of the Arabic Flagship program and a U.S. Army veteran.
Katherine Martin – Russian in Russia
A junior in the College of Arts and Humanities, Martin is a Russian major and global terrorism minor.
Rachel Mayer – Arabic in Egypt
Mayer is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, majoring in Arabic studies and government, with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. She is also a member of the Arabic Flagship program.
Ryan Murphy – Arabic in Egypt
Murphy is a senior in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, majoring in operations management and Arabic studies. He is also a member of the CIVICUS living-learning program, as well as the Arabic Flagship program.
Yael Nagar – Swahili in Tanzania
A sophomore in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Nagar majors in government and economics, with a minor in international development and conflict management. She is also a member of the Honors College Honors Humanities.
Jacob Stanfill – Arabic in Egypt
Stanfill is a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities, majoring in Arabic studies. He is a member of the Arabic Flagship program and the Language House Arabic Cluster.
Elizabeth Teoman – Turkish in Turkey
Teoman is a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, majoring in anthropology with minors in global terrorism, and international development & conflict management. She is also a member of the Global Communities living-learning program.