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Students receive prestigious awards to study abroad

Three students from the University of South Carolina have been awarded Boren scholarships and a Boren fellowship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

Jasmine Whelan, a Carolina scholar from Florence, and Harold Bradford, a business student from Westfield, Ind., were awarded Boren scholarships for language and culture study abroad in Russia and Japan, respectively, during the 2009 - 10 academic year. Jarrod Chlapowski, a graduate student from Lawrenceville, Ga., was awarded a Boren fellowship for language and culture study in China during the same period.

Boren awards are valued at a maximum of $20,000 for undergraduate study and $30,000 for graduate study.

Whelan, a rising senior in the South Carolina Honors College, is majoring in international studies and Russian studies and plans to work as a U.S. foreign-service officer. Bradford is a rising sophomore who hopes to enter the Moore School of Business’ top-ranked program in international business and minor in German and Japanese. Chlapowski, who earned his bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College and State University, is working toward a master’s degree in international studies.

NSEP, the brainchild of Sen. David L. Boren, provides resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants for undergraduates and graduate students to study foreign cultures in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and that are traditionally underrepresented in study-abroad programs.

Nearly 900 undergraduate students applied for the coveted 130 scholarships granted by the NSEP this year; nearly 500 graduate students applied for the 98 fellowships available.

University of South Carolina students Christine Clarke-Pounder, a senior from Charleston, and Clinton Canady, a doctoral student from Washington, D.C., were among 86 alternates named for this year’s awards.

For more information about the NSEP Boren awards, visit the Web site www.iie.org/nsep.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 06/18/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 08/21/09 @ 4:41 PM | Permalink

Boren award winners

  • Jasmine Whelan, Florence
  • Harold Bradford, Westfield, Ind.
  • Jarrod Chlapowski, Lawrenceville, Ga.

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