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Ohio University students win Boren/NSEP scholarships

ATHENS, Ohio (May 23, 2005) -- Three Ohio University students have won David L. Boren/National Security Education Program (NSEP) scholarships this year. Teresa Reimers, Giorgina Ramirez and Jess Wilhelm received awards up to $20,000 to study abroad in countries outside of Western Europe.Giorgina Ramirez

"I'm very excited once again because Ohio University has an outstanding record in regards to the Boren/NSEP scholarship," said Connie Perdreau, coordinator of Ohio University's program. "It really shows how globally minded Ohio University students are."

Reimers, a master's student in communication and development studies, received an NSEP graduate scholarship to study in Indonesia.

Ramirez is a junior majoring in international studies with a focus on Asia as well as a Japanese minor. Ramirez will pursue her Boren Scholarship at the Ohio University program in Chubu, Japan.Teresa Reimers

Wilhelm is a sophomore in the Honors Tutorial College majoring in astrophysics, with a certificate in Asian studies and minors in mathematics and French. He will pursue his scholarship in Beijing, China, next year. Wilhelm also received the Goldwater Scholarship this year and will be conducting research this summer in Heidelberg, Germany.

The Boren/NSEP goals are to increase international understanding, enhance international cooperation and security, and to strengthen the U.S. economic competitiveness. Students are funded for the cost of their travel and program, education and living expenses.

Jess Wilhelm"The Boren/NSEP funds students to go to countries outside Western Europe," said Perdreau. "It promotes diversity and emphasizes the importance of the less commonly taught languages such as Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Korean."

The Boren/NSEP Scholarship program began in 1994 and since then Ohio University has had 20 students receive more than $250,000 in scholarship money. In the past, Ohio University students have traveled to Paraguay, Thailand, Vietnam, Chile and Egypt to name a few. The scholarship is unique in that it awards both graduate and undergraduate students to study in countries that are less traveled but strategically important for the global education of American students.

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Media Contact: Director of the Office of Education Abroad Connie Perdreau, (740) 594-4583 or perdreau@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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