Rollins Student Receives Prestigious Boren Scholarship

January 25, 2011

Kari Smith
Photo by Laura J. Cole

The Institute of International Education (IIE) awarded Rollins College Hamilton Holt student Kari Smith (Class of 2012) a 2011 David L. Boren Scholarship for international study. She is one of 130 students from across the country to receive this scholarship.

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 programs. Qualifying countries include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. This year, there were 896 Boren Scholarships applicants, which is nearly a 30 percent increase from 2008.

Smith, an international relations major and organizational communication minor from Derry, N.H., will study at the Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan during the spring semester of the 2011 academic year. She hopes to pursue a career in the Foreign Service upon graduation.

"I’ve always had an interest in international affairs and Japanese culture in particular,” said Smith. “The Boren Scholarship has given me the amazing opportunity to fulfill my dream of learning Japanese and studying in the country while immersing myself in the culture. I’m also thankful for the fact that Rollins embraces global citizenship in its educational mission.”

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 at (407) 646-2346.

Rollins has been recognized as a top-producing master’s institution of Fulbright scholars in the nation (based on Carnegie Classification). In 2009-10, four Rollins students received Fulbright Awards, ranking Rollins number one out of the 81 master’s institutions whose students received Fulbrights. Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 34 Fulbright Scholars (nine of whom have been named since 2005). In recent years, Rollins students have received other competitive awards, scholarships and fellowships including American Graduate Fellowship, Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship, Udall Scholarship and Goldwater Scholarships.

By Kristen Manieri

Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs

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