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May 27, 2005
Contact: Stacey Satchell, Office of Study Abroad, (785) 864-7812.

Wichita sophomore at KU to study abroad as David Boren NSEP scholar


LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas sophomore from Wichita who plans a career in international development has been named a 2005 David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholar by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

Jay M. Kimmel received a Boren NSEP scholarship for the 2005-06 academic year. He is the 37th KU student to receive a Boren NSEP scholarship since the National Security Act of 1991 established the program. The scholarships, first awarded in 1994, provide funding for both undergraduate and graduate study. The Office of Study Abroad administers the program for undergraduates at KU.

Boren NSEP scholars are highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena.

The program seeks to educate U.S. citizens, help them understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security. Boren NSEP scholars receive funding for study abroad and must commit to a year of service upon their return in the one of the following federal departments: defense, homeland security, state or the intelligence community.

In the program's 11 years, more than 8,000 students, undergraduate and graduate, from more than 800 U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges have competed for NSEP scholarships to study abroad. Since 1994, approximately 1,900 students have received NSEP scholarships to study more than 55 languages in more than 65 countries.

For more information on how to apply for the NSEP award, contact Justine Hamilton, program coordinator for the Office of Study Abroad, (785) 864-7807 or justine@ku.edu.

Brief biographical information about KU's Boren NSEP scholars for 2005 and 2004 follows:

LYON COUNTY
From Emporia
Anna Leah Stover Lanier, junior in political science, studied in Brazil as a 2004 Boren NSEP scholar. Stover is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national honor society for political science majors, and was a 2004 recipient of the Walter Thompson Study Abroad Scholarship. She is the daughter of Susan Stover and is an Emporia High School graduate.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Overland Park
Abby L. Mills, who graduated May 23 with bachelor's degrees in Slavic languages and literatures and in journalism specializing in news and information, studied in Russia as a 2004 Boren NSEP scholar. Mills was a KU Honors Program student and received awards for her work both in Russian and in news writing. She is the daughter of Chuck and Mary Abbott Mills and is a Shawnee Mission West High School graduate.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Jay Kimmel will study in a Central Asian country for the 2005-06 academic year through the American Councils for International Education. He is majoring in political science and international studies and has been studying Turkish and Uyghur at KU. The country where Kimmel will study will be determined later.
Kimmel is a National Merit scholar at KU. He has served as president of the KU Model United Nations group and was head delegate for KU's first delegation to the 45th annual Midwest Model United Nations regional conference in February 2005. He received an honorable mention for his presentation on "New Partnership for African Development" with the economic and financial committee at the conference. As a student in KU's Honors Program, Kimmel was one of 19 sophomores selected to participate in the University Scholars Program. In May 2005, Kimmel received certification in KU's Global Awareness Program. He has also received a 2005 Nelson Family Fund Scholarship at KU and is a new member of Pi Sigma Alpha, an honor society for political science majors. He is the son of John and Karen Kimmel of Wichita and is a graduate of Wichita Southeast High School.

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