Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the United States. Austin is the first Hampden-Sydney student to win this prestigious award.
A history major from Wake Forest, NC, with a minor in military leadership and national security, Austin will spend the full 2018-19 academic year at Tel Aviv University in Israel studying the Hebrew language and the political history of the Middle East. He plans to employ his knowledge of Hebrew in examining Israeli counter-terrorism efforts.
"If someone had told me my freshman year that I would spend my senior year in another country studying what is now my third language, I would've thought they were out of their mind," Austin said with characteristic humility. "And yet, here I am."
Just 221 undergraduates nationwide were awarded David L. Boren Scholarships, which are funded by the National Security Education Program and administered by the Institute of International Education. Boren Scholars must commit to at least one year of federal service in exchange for funding of up to $20,000 for a 6 to 12 month period of study.