The Turkish Flagship Center is proud to announce that our students Moira Corcoran, Max DeMar and Ian Riley won the prestigious Boren award this year! Boren scholarship promotes long term linguistic and cultural immersion with up to $20,000 in funding for a yearlong study abroad program in exchange for one year of work for the U.S. federal government after graduation.
All the three of our winning students are looking forward to their Capstone year abroad during the 2018-19 academic year at the Azerbaijan University of Languages in Baku, Azerbaijan. They will be using the award to fund their Capstone year. Capstone is a critical component of the Turkish Flagship Program where students spend a full academic year abroad, enrolled in content courses as well as rigorous Turkish language study.
Moira is excited that the Boren award will help her to continue improving her Turkish and looking forward to go back to Baku and immerse herself in the culture she has been studying throughout her time at IU. Moira emphasizes the meaning of winning such a prestigious award in her own words as “Boren will be an asset to me as I apply for positions related to national security, broadly defined, in the public sector, where I hope to use the skills and experiences that I've gained while at IU and in the Turkish Flagship.”
Moira is a senior from Indianapolis, Indiana, majoring in International Studies, minoring in Spanish and Central Eurasian Studies, and pursuing a certificate in the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP). She was initially drawn to Turkish because of Turkey's unique geopolitical position. She has become interested in the role of Turkey and Central Eurasia with regards to climate change and adaptation. Moira studied Turkish and Azeri in Baku, Azerbaijan last summer.
For Max, Boren is a unique educational experience to prepare him for a career in national security by spending 9 months studying in a foreign country. According to Max “Boren is a rare opportunity to pursue my education in a way that fits my personality and career goals perfectly. I am extremely grateful that I am a Boren scholar.”
Max is a junior from Nevada, majoring in Central Eurasian studies. His education is focused on Russian active measures, Turkish language, psychology, and social dynamics. Max studied Turkish and Azeri in Baku, Azerbaijan last summer. In regards to the Capstone year Max says “I plan to expand my knowledge of the geopolitical complexities between Azerbaijan, the United States, and surrounding countries while improving my Turkish language. I also plan to develop social dynamic and leadership skills by befriending locals and being a group leader for social activities.”
To Ian, Boren is a lifeline: “It enables me to do something with ease that would otherwise be much more difficult. I would not be able to study abroad without such generous scholarships and in turn, I also view Boren as an affirmation to my course of study because it shows that there are very powerful folks willing to invest in me because of my academic interests.”
Ian is a senior from Richmond, Indiana pursuing both a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in Central Eurasian Studies. Beyond studying Turkish, Ian enjoys reading, writing, music, movies, and occasionally debating the aforementioned with his friends.
All three of our students are very excited about the career opportunities that being a Boren scholar can open up as well. Moira will be interning this summer with the communications team at New America, a think tank focused on harnessing the challenges facing the United States to create change. After graduation, she hopes to work for federal government in a position that will enable her to use her Turkish to work on climate adaptation projects and national security. Max says “I plan to use the cross cultural, language, and social skills I develop with Boren to preserve national security in the State Department.” And Ian wants to pursue his studies at the Masters level or at law school, preferably with either focused towards Turkey and the Middle East.
As the Turkish Flagship Center we proudly congratulate Moira, Max, and Ian on their great achievement!