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Austin Ogle Receives Prestigious Boren Scholarship to Study in Kyrgyzstan

Embry-Riddle engineering physics and computational mathematics undergraduate student Austin Ogle has been awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Kyrgyzstan during the 2017-18 academic year. Austin, a member of the Honors Program at the Daytona Beach Campus, will be learning the Russian language at the School of Russian and Asian Studies in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan as part of a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

Austin OgleDavid L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the United States.

In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. “The National Security Education Program,” according to Dr. Michael A. Nugent, NSEP Director, “is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures.” 

Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 44 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East and collectively will study 36 different languages. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying for the Boren Awards should contact the Embry-Riddle school representative, Sue Macchiarella, macchis1@erau.edu, or visit www.borenawards.org.

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