Maya, a junior at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study abroad at BGU for the Fall 2018 semester. Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Learn more about Maya:

“I am currently a junior at Georgetown University, majoring in Government, with a minor in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. Although I always wanted to study abroad, I chose to study in Israel because of its complicated religious and political atmosphere. I chose Be’er Sheva in particular, because it is considered the ‘capital of the Negev’, and contains a large Bedouin population. I hope to volunteer in the Bedouin community during my time here, and learn more about their culture, as well as their involvement with negotiations and peace talks. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing after I graduate, but I hope to gain an overall deeper understanding of why conflicts occur, and how rhetoric can unite and empower minority communities amid conflict.”