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Two IUB students awarded Boren Scholarships

April 20, 2016

IUB students Casey Vaughn and Neeli Southwick have been awarded 2016-2017 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren scholarships for study abroad. 

Vaughn, a senior majoring in Economics and Central Eurasian Studies, received a $20,000 scholarship to participate in the Turkish Flagship Program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Vaughn previously studied in Salamanca in the summer of 2013.

Southwick, a senior majoring in International Studies, Criminal Justice, and Central Eurasian Studies will also participate in the Turkish Flagship Porgram for the 2016-2017 academic year. Southwick previously studied abroad in Turkey in the summer of 2015.

The Boren Scholarships offer unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. They focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarships provide funding of up to $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for an academic year abroad.

This year, the Institute of International Education, which administers the awards on behalf of NSEP, received 820 applications from undergraduate students for the Boren Scholarship and 165 were awarded; 350 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 105 were awarded. Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 41 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They will study 36 different languages. The most popular languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, and Swahili.

For more information about Boren Scholarships, visit

Office of Overseas Study
Leo R. Dowling International Center
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Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7709

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I gained an enhanced view of the world. I was forced to look at American problems from an international perspective.”

-Kyra Busch, IU Overseas Study Participant, Thailand