UW junior Daetan Huck was recently selected as a National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholar to study Arabic in Egypt during the 2010-11 academic year. Huck is majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. The Boren Scholarship is a major national scholarship that provides U.S. undergraduates up to $20,000 to study abroad for an academic year in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East), and are intended to provide support to students who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security.
For the second consecutive year, the Institute of International Education, which administers the awards on behalf of NSEP, received a record number of applications for both the undergraduate Boren Scholarship and the graduate Boren Fellowship. This year, 925 undergraduate students applied for the Boren Scholarship and 138 were awarded, while 519 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 99 were awarded. Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 51 different countries and study 43 different languages. The most popular countries are China, Egypt, Russia, Jordan, and Japan, and the most popular languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, and Portuguese.
In addition to his major in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Huck is minoring in Turkish and Arabic. He will ill spend next year studying Arabic in Egypt at the American University of Cairo. Huck is a United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate. His Boren scholarship will support his year in Egypt. Huck is from Seattle.
UW students Anna Noble and Monica Robinson were selected as alternates. Noble is a senior majoring in communication with a minor in Russian. Robinson is a junior majoring in international studies.
Since 1994, nearly 4,300 students have received Boren Awards. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena, and program alumni are contributing to the critical missions of agencies throughout the federal government. An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, The Institute for International Education is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and exchange organizations.
About the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards
The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards helps UW undergraduates develop the tools and personal insights necessary to match their goals with local and national merit-based scholarship opportunities. National scholarship opportunities include the Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman scholarships and many others. The office is part of the Center for Experiential Learning in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
About the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship Program
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and resources to provide undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and institutional grants. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.