HPU Student Receives Prestigious Boren Scholarship

May 01st, 2018

HPU Student Receives Prestigious Boren Scholarship

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 1, 2018 – Yasmene Dergham, a junior international relations and political science major at High Point University, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship. The award will allow the Plattsburgh, New York, native to spend the summer and fall of 2018 studying Arabic, international relations and history in Jordan.

One of the most prestigious scholarships available for undergraduates, the David L. Boren Scholarship, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, provides funding opportunities for U.S. students to study foreign languages that are underrepresented in study abroad and spoken in world regions critical to U.S. interests. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year.

This year, 221 scholarships were awarded out of 794 undergraduate applicants.

“I am extremely excited to pursue this opportunity abroad that will allow me to further my academic and future career endeavors,” says Dergham. “I look forward to applying what I learn to the High Point community and encouraging others to pursue opportunities around the globe. I could not have accomplished this without the continued support of Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade and my professors across multiple departments.”

A former Benjamin A. Gilman International Education Scholar, Dergham’s passion for languages has led her to study Arabic, Persian, German, Spanish and Hebrew. While studying abroad at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, she served as co-president of the Interfaith Alliance. She is also a student leader at HPU who is involved in a number of organizations and departments on campus. This includes serving as president of the Global Student Association and membership in the honor societies for her majors.

Dergham hopes to work in the fields of diplomacy and conflict resolution in the Middle East.

“Yasmene has shown an unwavering dedication to her field,” says Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade, director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards at HPU. “The Boren Scholarship is truly a labor of love for her, something she has been steadily building toward throughout her time here at HPU. We could not be more excited for her as she takes this next step in an already impressive undergraduate career.”