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The Honors College

Whitney Roth '12 Awarded a Boren Scholarship

Whitney Roth

Whitney Roth '12 had been intrigued by Morocco ever since she traveled by herself to the country in 2008. Growing up in Chicago, she had always followed the news stories that depicted violent clashes between Jewish and Arab populations in the Middle East, but when she got to Morocco she found a society that accepted and celebrated its Jewish population. The country's hisotry of cultural and religious tolerance toward its Jewish population intrigued her, and she told friends and family she wanted to go back to learn more.

Now Roth, an Honors College student and religious studies major, will have the chance to go back to Morocco and continue to examine a culture that she believes may hold answers for solving larger issues related to religious violence and intolerance. Roth was awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship to spend the spring and summer of 2011 studying Arabic as well as multiculturalism and human rights. The Boren, which is one of the most prestigious and lucrative national scholarships available for undergraduates, awarded Roth $10,000 to support her study abroad experience.

The Boren Scholarship seeks to identify and support outstanding undergraduates who wish to study abroad and learn a critical need language. Students can apply for study abroad programs almost anywhere in the world (Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe are excluded) and then apply for a Boren Scholarship to supplement any program costs they may incur. Boren Scholarships can provide students with up to $20,000 for study abroad tuition, travel, and room and board expended.

After receiving a scholarship, Boren Scholars commit to working in the public service sector for at least one year using their language skills and abroad experience in a government position. Past Boren Scholars have worked in a variety of offices including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, or they have worked as legislative aides in Congress. As for Roth, she has expressed interest in joining the Foreign Service.

Roth is the second UVM student to be awarded a Boren Scholarship in the past two years. In 2009, Maddy Murphy Hall '10 was awarded a Boren Scholarship to Jordan.

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