Rollins Student Receives Prestigious Boren Scholarship

May 07, 2009

Fatema Kermalli

The Institute of International Education (IIE) announced that Rollins student Fatema Kermalli (Class of 2011) has been chosen as one of 130 students from across the U.S. to receive a 2009 David L. Boren Scholarship for international study.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and are underrepresented in study abroad. Qualifying countries include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. This year, there were 896 Boren Scholarships applicants, which is nearly a 30 percent increase from 2008.

Kermalli, an international relations major and Jewish Studies minor from Whitehall, Pa., will study at the University of Jordan Language Center in the capital city of Amman during the 2009-10 academic year.

"The Boren Scholarship has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of learning Arabic while simultaneously setting me on the career path of my choice," Kermalli said. "Receiving this award would not have been possible, however, without the great support and encouragement I have received from faculty and staff at Rollins. I am especially thankful for the College's openness to begin offering Arabic classes, and I look forward to using what I know of the language to learn more about the politics of the Middle East and the concerns of its people over the course of my stay in Jordan."

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Click here for more information on Boren Scholarships. Rollins students interested in Boren Scholarships should contact Jay Shivamoggi, director of external and competitive scholarships at or ext. 2346.

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