Published: May 4, 2015

Three students awarded Boren Scholarships to study critical languages abroad

Contact(s): Stephanie Cepak Honors College office: (517) 355-2326, Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Honors College office: (517) 35-2326

Three Michigan State University students have received a Boren Scholarship to study languages abroad.

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. MSU has produced 34 Boren award winners since 1991.

This year, there were 170 awards nationwide from a pool of 750 applicants. MSU’s recipients are Austin Martin, a junior majoring in human biology in the College of Natural Science; Chaitanya Pedeti, a freshman majoring in advanced mathematics in the College of Natural Science; and Brady Ryan, an Honors College junior majoring in Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters.

Martin will study Swahili in Tanzania throughout the summer through the Boren’s STEM initiative. Originally from Eastpointe, Michigan, Martin wants to be a medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focusing on East Africa.

Pedeti will study Japanese in Japan this summer, also through the Boren’s STEM initiative. Originally from Walled Lake, Michigan, Pedeti wants to eventually work in the field of nuclear energy.

Finally, Ryan will study Arabic in Morocco for the summer and the 2015-16 academic year. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Ryan wants to work for the Department of State as a foreign service officer.

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship Office at Michigan State University, 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.