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By Sholnn Freeman
University News
June 14, 2011

Howard Students Secure Boren Fellowships

WASHINGTON – Howard University students Ronya Foy and Aamira Chaney have received the prestigious 2011 David L. Boren fellowships to study language and culture in Africa. The announcement increases the number of honors recently garnered by Howard students in the field of international studies.

Among the recipients, three members of the Class of 2011 – Antonino Eugene Lyons II, Jessica A. Cooper and Manjot Kaur Jassal – are recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship and will spend next year in Brazil and India respectively. Nicole Baden, a senior audio production major, was awarded a 2011 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship; and Jarondakie Patrick, a junior in journalism, won a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship to study in Japan.

Aamira Chaney
Aamira Chaney

The David L. Boren Fellowship was created by the former Oklahoma senator and provides study abroad opportunities for U.S. students to learn the language and culture of countries that will play a crucial role in America’s future national security.

Boren winner Aamira Chaney, a doctoral student in the Department of African Studies, will study Zulu at the University of Zululand at Ngoye in South Africa. Ronya Foy, a doctoral student in the Department of Social Work, will study Swahili at the State University of Zanzibar. Both students will begin studies in the fall. 

The awards are part of the African Language Initiative, a pilot program designed to increase the number of Boren Scholars, fellows and alumni engaged in the study of critical languages of Africa. Funding is provided by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and is administered by American Councils for International Education in partnership with participating U.S. domestic and overseas institutions.

Ronya Foy

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