Michigan State University students awarded Boren Scholarships to study critical languages abroad

April 27, 2016


Landon Fortenberry, a sophomore majoring in international relations in James Madison College, and Allison Tumas, a senior majoring in Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters, have received a Boren Scholarship to study languages abroad.

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Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students studying in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security interests.

This year, there were 165 awards nationwide from a pool of 820 applicants.

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

MSU has produced 36 Boren award recipients since 1991.

Fortenberry will study Mandarin in China for the summer and the 2016-17 academic year. Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, Fortenberry wants to be a U.S. diplomat.

Tumas will study Arabic in Morocco for the summer and the 2016-17 academic year. Originally from Taylor, Michigan, Tumas wants to be a counterintelligence threat analyst.