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U of I Senior to Study in Tanzania in Fall 2018

May 01, 2018

University of Idaho student Ian Hahn has been awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Tanzania during the 2018-19 academic year.

Hahn, originally from Portland, Oregon, is a senior in journalism with minors in international studies and anthropology. He will study Swahili this summer at the University of Florida and then transfer to MS Training Center for Development Cooperation in Arusha, Tanzania.

The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year.

"In the process of applying for the Boren, I drafted my essays close to 20 times," Hahn said. "I sent each edition to my professors and advisors in a tsunami of emails, even before the end of winter break. Without their thorough feedback and ceaseless support, I doubt I would be heading to Arusha this fall. And now that I am, I cannot wait for my life to be consumed by Swahili and Tanzanian culture for nearly a year."

Hahn is one of 221 undergraduate students, out of 794 applicants across the nation, who were selected for the award this year and the 10th all-time U of I student to receive the scholarship. Boren scholars will live in 38 countries and study 33 different languages this year. Since 1994, over 6,000 students have received Boren Awards.

Students interested in information on the Boren Award or other scholarship awards can contact Holly LaHann, distinguished scholarships coordinator, at or 208-885-7724

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