Auggies Wins National Boren Scholarship

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The Off-Campus Study Office and URGO are pleased to announce that Justin Holewa, a ’23 biology major, received a Boren Scholarship for $25,000. Justin will be studying Korean in South Korea for a full year. Only 25% of applicants receive this nationally competitive award. Justin can imagine himself working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a range of topics, including a plant disease called citrus greening. Justin completed a summer of URGO research funded by donors Dean and Amy Sundquist under the mentorship Dr. Leon van Eck.

Boren Scholars study a wide range of critical languages, come from diverse fields of study and immerse themselves in the language and cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government.

STEM students can participate in intensive language and cultural study for a summer, or like other applicants, study for six to twelve months in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. If you are interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship, please contact Andrea Dvorak in Off-campus Study at or Dixie Shafer in URGO at

Congratulations to Justin!