Joel Blankenship, senior in political science, history, and international studies, has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, provides funds for undergraduate and graduate students to experience linguistic and cultural immersion in countries influential in maintaining U.S. national security. Joel is the recipient of $19,300 in scholarship funds to support two semesters in Kyrgyzstan to study the Russian language. During his first semester, Joel will be fully immersed in the Russian language and Kyrgyz culture while living with a host family. In his second semester, he plans to gain internship experience with a nongovernmental organization or the United Nations Development Agency. Upon graduation, Boren scholars such as Joel are guaranteed employment in a federal government agency focusing on national security.
Joel is an Army ROTC cadet, a member of the University Honors Program, member of the Silver Key Sophomore Honorary Society, and a delegate on the university’s Model U.N team.