Evan Gearino (pictured) and Tara DiCassio are recipients of Boren Awards, prestigious national scholarships for those interested in studying less commonly taught languages. Evan and Tara are both studying Arabic in Jordan for the year. The award deadline for 2015-16 is February 4, 2015. Interested students should work with the Fellowships Advising Office. To learn more about Funding Study Abroad, come to one of our upcoming information sessions:
- Wednesday, October 15 – 11:00 am – Talley Student Union, Room 4280
Tuesday, October 28 – 3:30 pm – Talley Student Union, Room 3285
- Thursday, November 6 – 10:00 am – Talley Student Union, Room 4280
- Wednesday, November 12 – 2:30 pm – Talley Student Union, Room 3285
Evan states that study abroad can provide invaluable exposure to other cultures and funding is available to those who seek it out. Evan credits the guidance from various faculty and staff members in helping him to receive the Boren Scholarship and supporting his academic interests.
Evan’s interest in studying abroad in the region was due in part to a previous trip to Jordan, where he spent time in a Souf Refugee Camp. This refugee camp was established for displaced persons from the West Bank before, during, and after the Six Days War. After receiving funding for an independent research project, Evan returned to Jordan in 2012 to investigate how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict permeated into the lives of Palestinian and Jordanian college students. Evan plans to graduate with his degree in International Studies.