Florida State student receives Boren Scholarship to study Azerbaijani
Eight Florida State University students have received prestigious scholarships that will allow them to travel abroad to study languages deemed critical to the nation’s interests.
One student has received the Boren Scholarship, a program of the National Security Education Program, and seven have received the Critical Language Scholarship, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The scholarships are an effort by the federal government to increase the understanding of and continue to forge partnerships with the global community, according to Josh Stanek, associate director of Florida State’s Office of National Fellowships.
“I am proud FSU students are stepping up to create more language and cultural understanding in critical regions by applying for these intensive, immersion scholarships,” Stanek said. “The success of their applications is a testament to Florida State’s focus on developing well-rounded, global citizens.”
Matthew Hebron, an 18-year-old sophomore majoring in political science, has received a Boren Scholarship. It will allow him to travel to Azerbaijan to study Azerbaijani. Hebron hopes to be able to use his language skills to build deeper ties between the United States and other nations, as well as promote a positive image of the United States abroad.
“I very much look forward to combining my passions for public service and foreign languages/cultures as a Boren Scholar,” Hebron said. “I am confident that I want to work for the U.S. government in a foreign policy role one day, and this is a great way to further my opportunities to do so. I received the Boren scholarship in large part thanks to the guidance and help of the Office of National Fellowships.”