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Best of luck to Boren Award Applicants

February 9, 2015

Kelsey McSorley (International Area Studies, BS, ’16) began her Arabic studies abroad when she participated in Drexel's London/Amman program. Prior to Arabic, Kelsey studied Spanish for 5 years and fell in love with the idea of communicating with different cultures. Kelsey is attracted to conflict management in the Middle East, and this was the reason she chose Jordan as her stepping off point into Arabic culture. 

As an International Area Studies major, Kelsey plans to use her Boren Award as a pathway into a job with the State Department. If awarded a Boren Scholarship, Kelsey will return to Amman to continue with her Arabic language and Middle Eastern conflict studies. Kelsey hopes to fill her federal service requirement by working in the Bureau of Counterterrorism. 

Kevin Song

Kevin Song (International Business and Marketing, BS, ’16) is a midshipman in the Naval ROTC program. Upon graduation, he will serve in the United States Navy. Through the Boren Award, he plans to learn about the Korean language and culture in Seoul, South Korea for five months in Fall 2015. He will then use the language and cultural skills he learned studying abroad in his naval career.

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. For more information please email Fellowships Coordinator Cynthia Oka, Fellowships Office.