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Whitworth University’s First Boren Scholar to Study in Tanzania

April 26, 2019
Whitworth University is proud to announce political science major Shannon Price ’21 has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship. This is the first time a Whitworth student has received this scholarship.

Price was selected as one of 244 Boren Scholarship recipients out of 851 applicants from around the country. She will spend her junior year abroad studying Swahili at the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation in Tanzania.

“Getting the Boren Scholarship is a huge step down a career and life path that I have only dreamed of, which is terrifying, wonderful and exciting,” Price says. “This scholarship will allow me to become fluent in Swahili. Fluency will help me show respect and communicate effectively with Swahili-speaking people, which will in turn enable me to build bridges and help people flourish. I know I’m going to learn so much, including Swahili, but more importantly about life in another culture and what that means about how I will live my life.”

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.

Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 39 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They will study 30 different languages. For more information on the Boren Awards click here.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Nick Vasiloff, director, International Education Center, Boren Scholarship advisor, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4596 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or