Alison Hannah Wins National Security Education Program Scholarship
Alison Hannah, a junior diplomacy and world affairs major at Occidental College, has been awarded a $4,000 David L. Boren Scholarship to study Russian grammar, phonetics and ancient history in Moscow. Hannah, a Redmond High School graduate, will be in Russia during the 2002 fall semester through a program administered by Vermont’s Middlebury College.
What is more important than academics, however, is the knowledge that I will gain about Russian culture and society,” Hannah said. “Too many tragic events are the result of ignorance and misunderstanding, and I hope to prevent these instances through the knowledge that I acquire abroad.”
Hannah plans to eventually enter graduate school to study law or some aspect of international relations.
The David L. Boren Scholarship is named after the former Oklahoma senator whose David L. Boren Act of 1991 started the Virginia-based National Security Education Program. The legislation created a trust fund to provide for national investment in higher education in international studies and to build a base of expertise that would be available to the government.
Recipients of NSEP scholarships and fellowships incur an obligation to work either in higher education or for an office or agency of the federal government involved in national security affairs. Since 1994, about 1,400 NSEP Scholarship winners have studied in 65 countries.