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Boren Scholarship for Tekriwal

Peter Lasersohn
6/11/2014  1:30 pm

Linguistics major Ruchi Tekriwal is one of just three University of Illinois students recently awarded Boren scholarships. Boren awards, part of the National Security Education Program, provide funds for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students to study nontraditional languages around the world. Boren scholars pledge to seek employment with the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security or the intelligence community after graduation. Ruchi has been offered a $20,000 Boren Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan in academic year 2014-15. She has studied Arabic for 10 semesters, including a semester in Morocco, and is the recipient of a Critical Languages Scholarship for study of Arabic in summer 2014. She also speaks French and Hindi. Ruchi is interested in colloquial Arabic dialects and is particularly drawn to Jordan because of its pivotal role and strategic importance for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. She plans to utilize her extensive foreign language skills in a U.S. government service career. Congratulations, Ruchi!