Students, graduate awarded Boren scholarships
Three University of South Carolina students and a recent graduate have won Boren scholarships from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to study overseas.
William Michael Brown, son of Michael and Nancy Brown of Columbia, will use his scholarship to study the Russian language for a year at the London School in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Brown, a rising junior majoring in Russian with a minor in Islamic cultural studies, also will observe and learn the history, culture and influences of Islam since Kyrgyzstan is a Muslim-majority nation. Brown is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq as a cultural liaison and interpreter.
David James Ensor, son of Linda and Bob Ensor of Red Bank, N.J., will use his scholarship to study for a year in Taipei, Taiwan, at the National Taiwan University International Chinese Language Program. A May graduate of South Carolina Honors College with a major in mathematics, Ensor held memberships in the following honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon (math), Golden Key and Omicron Delta Kappa (student leaders). He was the founder, secretary-general and webmaster of USC’s Model United Nations.
India Claire Wells is the daughter of Michele and John Bruce Wells formerly of Glen Echo, Md., and a graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County. She will use her scholarship to study Portuguese and sustainability for a year at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas and Pontificia at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Wells is a rising junior in the South Carolina Honors College, majoring in international business and global supply chain and operations management. She is a McNair scholar, the most prestigious academic scholarship program for out-of-state students, and has been involved with Net Impact, Omega Phi Alpha and Carolina Service Council. This past semester, she studied in Argentina.
Olivia Katherine Keyes, daughter of Liz and Skeet Keyes of Clinton, will take Japanese at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan and study how physics is integral to the Japanese science curriculum. Keyes is a rising sophomore in the South Carolina Honors College, where she is a double major in physics and film production and technology. She is a Palmetto fellow and a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math.
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants for undergraduate and graduate students to understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security. NSEP was named for David Boren, its main sponsor and a former U.S. senator.