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Stice Selected for Prestigious Boren Scholarship

Nathanael Stice, a sophomore majoring in Russian and politics from Umatilla, Ore., is one of 181 students from across the nation selected from nearly 900 applicants to receive a prestigious National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship. The $10,000 NSEP Boren award is designed to provide outstanding U.S. students with the resources to be able to study and acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to national security. Recipients agree to seek work in the federal government in the future. Previous Boren scholars are working in federal jobs with the departments of Commerce, Defense, Justice, State Treasury and Homeland Security as well as NASA and the U.S. Congress.

Stice, the son of Nancy and Barry Stice of Umatilla, plans to study next year at Tavrida National University in Simferopol, Ukraine. He says the application process for this award was long and arduous. "The application took a large chunk of my time and I even fell behind in my classes trying to complete it," he confides. "But it was worth it. I'm really excited to be studying abroad in my junior year."

He says he plans to use the money to study Russian language and culture in the Ukraine. "I want to improve my cross-cultural communication skills," he says. "I'm really stoked about visiting some of the cultural and historical sites like the site of the famous Yalta Conference. I'm also interested in learning more about the political climate in the developing Ukraine."

Stice says he plans to spend his second semester in Moscow studying the democratization in Russian and Eastern Europe. After graduation, he hopes to take a year off and work in the Peace Corps and then work in foreign service or pursue a graduate degree in Russian studies or law.