May 15, 2012 — Two University of Virginia students will study overseas next year with support from Boren Scholarships, which provide up to $20,000 to U.S. students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
Michael Harte, 25, of Abingdon, a rising fourth-year foreign affairs and Middle Eastern studies major in the College of Arts & Sciences, received a Boren Scholarship to study Arabic at American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Derek Randall King, 27, of Cortland, N.Y., a fourth-year graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, studying politics, received a Boren Fellowship to study post-colonialism in Indonesia in Yogyakarta in south-central Java.
"The Boren Awards are very competitive, with only 20 percent of this year's applicants selected for the fellowship and fewer than 16 percent for the scholarship," said Katherine Walters, assistant director of U.Va.'s Center for Undergraduate Excellence. "I'm very excited that Michael and Derek are recipients. These are wonderful opportunities to study and fully engage with a host community for up to year."
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program, which focuses on geographic areas – including Africa, Asia, central and eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East – as well as languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.