AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University graduate students are winners of the Boren Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Andrea Flinn, doctoral student in linguistics from Escondido, California, plans to begin a master’s degree in Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan during her fellowship. Flinn previously taught and developed English curricula in Jordan, and has experience teaching English to Arabic-speaking immigrants in the U.S., as well as serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Flinn earned a master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Cornell University.
Sophie Shoultz, master’s student in political science from Iowa City, plans to pursue a master’s degree in international relations at the University of Pecs in Hungary during her fellowship. Shoultz previously taught English in Bulgaria and coached Bulgarian students to compete in regional and national English speech and debate competitions.
Shoultz earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University.
The Boren Awards – funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, an office within the U.S. Department of Defense – are a competitive and selective collection of scholarships for undergraduates and fellowships for graduate students.
Boren Fellows receive funding to support a semester or year studying abroad, with intensive language study and a connection to topics of national security. Each applicant pledges to work for the U.S. federal government for a year in the near future.