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Tadhg Fendt, ‘14 (Economics major/Russian minor) recipient of the Boren Scholarship

May 09, 2012

Tadhg Fendt, ’14 (Economics major/Russian minor) is a recipient of the Boren Scholarship which support undergraduate study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students who are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Swahili. More information about Boren scholarship is available here:

Tadhg Fendt is studying Russian this summer at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service and in the fall of 2012 at Saint Petersburg State University.

He explains his reasons for applying for the Boren Scholarships as follows:

Applying for the Boren Scholarship was motivated by a desire to extend my time studying abroad in Russia and thus commit to a more serious study of the language. I was unable to study for a full academic year through the Lewis & Clark program because of my major and knew that a single semester of study would be insufficient for the goals I have for myself. The funding made possible by the Boren Scholarship will allow me to almost double my time abroad–time that will be invaluable to language acquisition. The Boren award also conveniently overlaps with my interests in international relations and foreign policy, stressing a broad and dynamic definition of national security as well as opening doors for work in the Federal Government.


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