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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

WSU Global Campus Senior Receives National Boren Award to Study Mandarin Language in Taiwan

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Thomas G. Taylor, a senior in the Washington State University Global Campus, has received a prestigious national Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to study the Mandarin language in Taiwan during the 2014-15 academic year.

Taylor is WSU’s thirteenth Boren Scholar since 2001; the designation is for awardees who are undergraduates. WSU has also had two graduate student Boren Fellows since 2000.

Taylor is pursing a social sciences degree from the Global Campus, with concentrations in political science, sociology, and history. In 2013, he received a Critical Language Award to study Mandarin in Xi’an, China.

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WSU Scholars Get National Boren Scholarship, Alternate Designation for 2013-14

CONTACT: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, Makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.— Chinese major John Stark is Washington State University’s newest Boren Scholar to receive federal funding to study a foreign language abroad, and chemical engineering student Monica Bomber has been named a Boren alternate.

With his Boren funding, Stark, a senior, will further his mastery of Mandarin to fulfill his passion for language and prepare him “to be valuable to the U.S. in areas of defense and diplomacy.” Bomber, a sophomore, would use Boren support to study Swahili in class and throughout an internship, intent on learning to design cost-effective water purification plants in East Africa. Both are members of the Honors College at WSU.

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Two WSU Undergraduates Land Prestigious 2012 Boren Awards to Study Abroad in China

MEDIA: Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

SOURCE: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Advising, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University undergraduates have been selected to receive the prestigious Boren Award for International Study. Only 161 applicants from a pool of 1,014 received the national scholarship, which provides $20,000 for one year.

Recipients of the award are Philip Pitts, a sophomore computer science and Chinese language and culture major and member of the Honors College at WSU, and Erika Cunningham, a senior mathematics and Chinese language and culture major. They plan to use their awards to study in China and gain mastery of Mandarin Chinese.

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