Samuelson wins Boren Award, studies Tagalog, military relations in the Philippines
Nate Samuelson (MPP/SEAS ’18) departs today for an 11-month fellowship at the University of the Philippines. Samuelson’s study is supported by the Boren awards program.
This year, 820 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students applied for Boren Awards; Samuelson is one of 105 graduate students chosen to receive a 2016 David L. Boren Fellowship.
This year’s Boren scholars and fellows will live in 41 countries and study 36 languages. Samuelson, a dual-major in public policy and Southeast Asian studies, will study Tagalog at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He will also conduct research on U.S.-Philippine military relations.
Sponsored by the National Security Education Program, Boren awards are designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language skills and international understanding. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year following graduation.
“To continue to play a leadership role in the world, it is vital that America’s future leaders have a deep understanding of the rest of the world,” says University of Oklahoma President David Boren, who as a U.S. Senator was the principal author of the legislation that created the National Security Education Program and the scholarships and fellowships that bear his name.
“As we seek to lead through partnerships,” says Boren, “understanding of other cultures and languages is absolutely essential.”
Boren fellowship applications, for graduate students, are due on January 31, 2017. Boren scholarship applications, for undergraduate students, are due on February 9, 2017.