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EALC student receives Boren Scholarship

6/5/2018  8:00 am

Gabriel Wacks, a senior majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures, is among 221 nationwide recipients of David L. Boren Scholarships awarded by the National Security Education Program. The program enables undergraduate students to add important international and language components to their educations by studying overseas in world regions critical to U.S. interests throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Wacks, of Skokie, Ill., and a graduate of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, has been offered a $20,000 Boren Scholarship to support his academic year intensive Chinese language studies at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. Wacks, who also minored in history, has conducted research with the campus Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security, as well as for the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He previously spent a semester studying abroad in China.

On campus, Wacks has served as the vice president of the registered student organization ACDIS Security Studies Group and as the senior editor of the Illini Journal of International Security, a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal. He also has received recognition for his contributions in Model United Nations. Wacks’ long-term goal is to work as a political analyst or Foreign Service Officer focused on East Asia.

Robert Tierney, Professor and Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, said “On behalf of the EALC department, we would like to congratulate Gabriel on this great honor."