WASHINGTON – Student at Howard University Tyler Smith has been selected to receive the prestigious David L. Boren Fellowship 2022. The scholarship provides up to $25,000 to U.S. undergraduate students in any major to study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including the Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Boren scholarships focus on geographies, languages, and fields of study deemed essential to the national security of the United States. Applicants identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and professional goals, will contribute to the national security of the United States. National security is broadly defined to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting American well-being, but also areas such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Scholarship recipients agree to work in the federal government and serve national security interests for at least one year after completing their studies abroad.
“I am beyond thrilled to be a 2022 Boren Scholar. During my time at Howard University, I worked with excellent professors at the Center for African Studies who exposed me to the subject of China-China Relations research. Africans,” Smith said.
Smith is a rising junior double major in political science and international affairs with a minor in computer science. Smith is interested in China-Africa relations and wants to become a foreign service officer. The Boren Scholarship funds will allow her to continue her study of Mandarin Chinese while studying abroad in Taiwan.
“Much of my research focuses on the effects that a Chinese technological model, which involves a lot of censorship, would have on human rights and democracy when implemented in African countries,” said Smith.
Smith was also selected, among 15 other college students across the country, as 2022 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow. As a comrade he will Travel to Ireland for a four-week leadership program focusing on peace, social justice and conflict resolution through the lens of Ireland, the Middle East and South Africa.
“Engaging in the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Program will be my first experience of living and studying abroad. I look forward to learning more about conflict resolution and leadership through the lens of global activism,” Smith said.