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Colby Hepner

Colby Hepner

Boren Scholar to South Korea 2012-13

International Area Studies BS, 2013


Colby received the prestigious Boren Scholarship that will allow him to spend the entire academic year 2012-13 in South Korea. Colby will be studying Korean and international business at Hanyang University for five months. His studies will be followed by a 6-month coop at a Korean based company.

Colby first became interested in South Korea while studying abroad in Daejeon, South Korea. Since transferring to Drexel, Colby has been working at the Office of International Programs and is currently on coop at the Philadelphia World Trade Center as an International Business Development intern. After graduating from Drexel, Colby plans to work in the Department of State’s Trade Policy and Programs division to fulfill the service requirement of the Boren Scholarship.

The Boren Awards, established by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), are designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Established by Congress in 1991, the Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Video: Check out this interview in which Colby discusses his experiences with the Boren application process.

Update: You can also visit our blog to read about Colby's study abroad in Korea.