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May 16, 2006
Contact: Stacey Satchell, Office of Study Abroad, (785) 864-3742.

Two KU students win Boren scholarships to study in Morocco, Japan

LAWRENCE — Two University of Kansas students have been named 2006 David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholars by the National Security Education Program, which provides funding to study abroad for scholars planning careers in national security.

Tyra L. Blew, Wamego sophomore, and Rick Edward Winfrey, Wichita senior, are among 140 students nationwide selected from a pool of 720 applicants. Blew plans to study in Morocco and Winfrey in Japan.

Upon their return, Boren scholars must commit to a year of service in the intelligence community or the federal department of defense, homeland security or state.

A total of 39 KU students, including Blew and Winfrey, have been named Boren scholars since 1994, when the first scholarships were awarded. The National Security Act of 1991 established the program, which provides funding for undergraduate and graduate study. KU’s Office of Study Abroad administers the program for undergraduates.

The program seeks to educate U.S. citizens, help them understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security.

In the program’s 12 years, about 2,000 scholarships have been awarded for undergraduate study of more than 65 languages in about 75 countries. Scholarships are awarded to applicants planning to study languages and cultures not commonly chosen for study abroad by U.S. students.

For more information on how to apply for the award, contact Justine Hamilton, program coordinator for the Office of Study Abroad, (785) 864-3742 or

Brief biographical information about KU’s Boren scholars for 2006 follows.

From Wamego
Tyra L. Blew is majoring in political science and international studies, with minors in economics and Arabic. Blew will participate in the 2006 KU Summer Institute: Arabic Studies at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Blew is an Honors Program student. She participates in Model United Nations, Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity, and Kansas Connections: Helping Small Town Students Succeed. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Cynthia Blew and a graduate of Wamego High School.

From Wichita
Rick Edward Winfrey is majoring in East Asian languages and cultures. This summer, Winfrey will study at the Hokkaido International Foundation in Hakodate, Japan, and then for the 2006-07 academic year at Nanzan University in Nagoya, where he will pursue Japanese studies. Winfrey is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is the son of Ted Cary and Ginnie Winfrey-Cary and a graduate of Wichita Northwest High School.


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