Two Baylor Students Receive Prestigious NSEP Scholarship

May 5, 2004

by Haley L. Wright

Baylor University students Joseph Barnard and Angela Sager each have received a scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a study-abroad experience that provides American undergraduates with the resources to acquire skills and experience in areas of the world critical to the future national security. Barnard and Sager were among 181 students selected out of 860 applicants.

"The NSEP scholarship makes it possible for talented students to study and live in countries less visited by Americans while developing a good working knowledge of a foreign language and getting acquainted with that nation's culture," said Dr. David Uber, foreign language professor and campus representative for the NSEP.

Joseph Barnard, a junior from Covington, La., will study intensive Arabic at the American University of Cairo in Cairo, Egypt, in Spring 2005. Barnard said of his scholarship, "I am looking forward to being absorbed into a completely foreign culture. Going to Cairo will allow me to study the Middle East by actually living it."

Angela Sager, a junior from Weatherford, will study from September 2004 to January 2005 at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her studies will focus on the history of the Middle East and the Turkish language.

"I am very excited about getting the opportunity to experience a different culture and society. I have taken different classes on the region, its history, politics and religion, but being there will be unlike anything I have studied in books. It can't help but expand my outlook on the world," said Sager.

NSEP Scholarships are awarded by the federal government to both undergraduates and graduate students for serious language and area studies in countries outside Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Awards cover range from $1,500 to $25,000. Baylor students have received NSEP scholarships approximately every other year since the program began.

For more information on the NSEP, you can call 1-800-681-NSEP or visit the web site at http://www.iie.org/programs/nsep/nsephome.htm .

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