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Six students receive prestigious national security scholarships

May 14th, 2009

Five University of Louisville students and an alumnus recently earned national security related scholarships. Most of the winners will travel to other countries as part of the scholarship award and one student will attend a summer course at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Two students have received National Security Education Program David L. Boren scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year. In return, recipients owe the federal government a year of service, which usually occurs in Washington D.C.


Ashley Harris

Ashley Harris of Louisville, a senior political science major with a minor in Middle East and Islamic studies, will attend the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Harris began learning Hebrew in summer 2007 when she enrolled at Hebrew University to study Israeli government and politics.

She previously won the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship to study beginning Arabic in Jordan in the summer of 2008.

A graduate of DuPont Manual High School, Harris has been active in her sorority, Sigma Kappa, the University Honors Program and the UofL College Democrats.


Emily Rath

Emily Rath of Burlington, Ky., a junior with a double major in political science and philosophy and a minor in Asian Studies, will be in the Asian studies program at the Nakamiya Campus of Kansai Gaidai University in Japan.

Rath will use her NSEP Boren award in conjunction with a University of Louisville/Kansai Gaidai University Student Exchange Scholarship she won earlier this year.

Her Boren award also will fund her participation in the Japan-America Student Conference, an academic and cultural exchange between the United States and Japan that opens with an orientation in Seattle before the participants travel to Tokyo, Hakodate, Nagano, Kyoto and Osaka. Each year, 72 students from U.S. and Japanese universities spend an intense month living, traveling and studying together while they meet leaders in business, academia, and government to discuss issues that affect their countries and the world. Rath is a graduate of Conner High School.

Since 2005, 10 UofL students or graduates have received Boren scholarships. The scholarship funds a full academic year of study in a country of national security interest for students studying languages and subjects of particular national security relevance.

An undergraduate, graduate student and alumnus have received U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes for 2009.


J. Lee Young

J. Lee Young of Burkesville, Ky., a senior majoring in anthropology with a minor in Russian studies, will go to Russia to study advanced Russian.

This is Young’s second CLS award. He studied intermediate Russian in 2008. An Overseers Scholar Development Grant partially funded research on his undergraduate honors thesis, “‘Real’ Risk in Russia: Linking Fatalism and Mortality,” which discusses the strong relationship between gender roles and the likelihood of Russian young people engaging in high-risk behaviors.

Young works as a learning assistant for biological anthropology in UofL’s REACH program and serves as a lab research assistant to associate professor of anthropology Christopher Tillquist. He is graduate of Cumberland County High School.


Jeffrey Benedict

Jeffrey Benedict of Gahanna, Ohio, a first-year law student and 2008 Mitchell scholar, will study beginning Turkish.

Benedict earned a Master of Arts degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in musicology with first class honors. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007, where he received many awards for his research on the practice of espionage by musicians throughout European history. Benedict is a second lieutenant in ROTC and has a guaranteed place in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps upon completion of law school.


Christopher Cunningham

Christopher Cunningham of Louisville, a 2005 UofL graduate who majored in political science, will study beginning Punjabi in India.

Cunningham received a number of scholarships and grants as an undergraduate, including an Etscorn Honors Scholarship, North American Peace Ambassadors Scholarship and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, which allowed him to study in Northern Ireland in 2006-07 and to earn a Master of Arts degree in comparative ethnic conflict at Queen’s University Belfast. He won a Fulbright to Sri Lanka in spring 2008, but declined it to accept a full-funding offer for the doctoral program in political science at Northeastern University. He is a graduate of Saint Xavier High School.

Since 2006, UofL students have won eight Critical Language Scholarships. The awards are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.


Adam Marlowe

Adam Marlowe of Louisville, a UofL alumnus and graduate assistant in the Center for Asian Democracy, has received funding to participate in the Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards and Security in the 21st Century summer program (NNSS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in upstate New York.

Marlowe previously received an NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship to South Korea in 2006. He also won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea in 2004 and interned at the American Embassy in Seoul.

A graduate of Louisville’s Eastern High School, Marlowe graduated with honors from UofL in December 2003. As an undergraduate, he played for the men’s soccer team.

The NNSS course is designed to give graduate students a sound understanding of the foundations of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards system and U.S. efforts to meet emerging nuclear proliferation threats.

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