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Whitworth International Studies Student to Study in Senegal on Boren Scholarship

June 24, 2021

Whitworth University is proud to announce international studies and French double major Alexis Dubreuil ’23 has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship. 

Dubreuil has been admitted to Boren’s African Flagship Languages Initiative. During this yearlong academic program, she will focus on French and Wolof language development in Dakar, Senegal. Dubreuil will begin this summer with intensive language and cultural preparation courses provided by the University of Florida and then embark upon the main international portion of the program in mid-August 2021.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to gain cultural and linguistic competency abroad,” Dubreuil says. “There are so many doors that may be opened from an opportunity like this, and I can’t wait. It is a little nerve-wracking because this will be my first time studying outside of the country. However, it is such a gift to be able to immerse oneself into a completely foreign place, take off these clunky America-centered glasses, and see the world and the people that live in it from a completely new perspective.”

This is the second time a Whitworth student has received the Boren Scholarship. Political science major Shannon Price ’21 received the award in 2019 and studied Swahili at the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation in Tanzania.

Boren Awards 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. The Boren Awards is a federal program and one of the most prestigious study abroad funding opportunities. 

Upon completion of the study abroad program, the student recipient commits to working for the federal government for at least one year in a variety of public service sectors that align with the student’s academic background and personal aptitudes.

In 2021, the national nominating panel selected 188 Boren Scholars from more than 600 undergraduate applications. For more information on the Boren Awards, click here.

About Whitworth University:

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.


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