Elena Freeman is a junior at USD with a triple major in international studies, political science and French. Freeman received a Boren scholarship to study in Senegal. Ross Oyler, a sophomore majoring in international studies and political science, will spend the next academic year studying in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

As a long-time public servant committed to international affairs, Senator David L. Boren established his scholarship to support young scholars who address vital national security issues. The Institute for International Education administers the scholarships.

Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students planning to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. After receiving up to $20,000, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

“We are very proud of these hardworking and dedicated students,” said David Earnest, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Political Science. "Ross and Elena have very bright futures, and we are very fortunate to have students like them representing our department with such distinction.” 

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Elena Freeman, a junior at USD, received a Boren Scholarship to study in Senegal.

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Ross Oyler, a sophomore at USD, received a Boren Scholarship to study in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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