Adventure awaits

While Ortiz, Strouse and Zheng will be traveling to Taiwan for their capstone experience, Byrd will complete his language study at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.

“I am just as excited as my peers studying Chinese in Taiwan. The language immersion and intensity of my program will no doubt allow my Chinese proficiency to skyrocket – that is what I am most excited for,” Byrd said.

In contrast, Ryan will be heading to São Paolo, Brazil.

“I'm excited for everything! I'm so excited to see Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Bahia (Northeast region), the Amazon. Beyond the tourist attractions, I am so eager to immerse myself in the local culture, to build friendships and connections, and to see firsthand the diversity in Brazilian identity. I'm ready to dive into this experience headfirst.”

An additional benefit of the Boren Scholarship is that it provides a pipeline to federal employment in national security-related agencies.

“I have wanted to work in the public sector for some time,” Strouse said. “The Boren resources will help me significantly with achieving this goal. I specifically look forward to joining the alumni network and building my career.” 

“The Boren will allow me to fully experience living in Taiwan for an entire year without having to worry about finances at all,” Ortiz said. “Furthermore, I am pretty much guaranteed government employment once I graduate, and I can use that experience to transition to a job in the private sector, or to enhance my resume if I decide to pursue any sort of post-grad studies, such as an MBA or JD.”

Mox said that 12 ASU students applied for Boren Scholarships or Fellowships in the 2022 cycle. In addition to the five who were offered Boren awards, two applicants were selected as alternates.

The next application cycle will begin in October. Current ASU undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in applying should reach out to ONSA to learn about upcoming information sessions and workshops.

Story submitted by the Office of National Scholarships Advisement.