Mercyhurst College has nominated two students, JoEllen Marsh and John Watson, for the 2010 Boren Scholarship, one among a small number of highly selective national scholarships.
The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study abroad in underrepresented countries that are important to U.S. interests, according to Mercyhurst Prestigious Awards Program Director Dr. Candee Chambers. Boren Scholars are able to immerse themselves in different cultures and study non-traditional languages.
The Mercyhurst nominees are both sophomores majoring in intelligence studies. Marsh has applied to study in Jordan and Watson has chosen Russia. After application evaluation and screening panels, nominees will be notified in early May.
The Boren Scholarship is funded by the National Security Educational Program (NSEP), which focuses on languages and areas of the world that are deemed important to U.S. national security. It funds travel, living, and research expenses up to $20,000.