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CAS student receives Boren Scholarship

TAMPA, Fla. -- Shaza Hussein of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to fund her study of Arabic abroad in Oman during summer 2013. Hussein is one of only 161 U.S. citizens who will study abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year through the Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship will cover the costs of round trip transportation to Oman and maintenance for the summer 2013.

Hussein is an Honors College junior double majoring in environmental science and policy and chemistry. She represents the College of Arts and Sciences where her achievements have been noted inside and outside of the classroom. Hussein, a first generation American, was USF’s first Udall Scholar as well as a Hollings Scholarship recipient. She is on the Dean’s List, a Presidential Scholar and a member of the USF College of Arts and Sciences Honors Society. Hussein is a student assistant in the Provost’s Office, has interned at the National Weather Service and was a Power Vote Fellow for the Southern Energy Network.

Hussein is currently engaged in an undergraduate research project investigating carbon burial in wetland and mangrove ecosystems and their response to global climate change and sea-level rise. Hussein is a member of the Student Environmental Association and the American Meteorological Society. She has participated in environmental and social justice campaigns, initiated projects to educate the USF population about genetically modified organisms, worked to promote environmental stewardship and is committed to volunteering and service activities in the Tampa Bay area.

Originally from Bradenton, Fla., Hussein plans to pursue a Ph.D. in climate science and environmental sociology in preparation for a career, and to fulfill her Boren government service requirement, working with non-profit advocacy organizations as an environmental activist, educator and researcher. She plans on conducting research on the effects of global warming and environmental degradation on third world communities while also working with local groups to instill awareness, inspire change and create leaders.

The Office of National Scholarships identifies, recruits and mentors high achieving students to apply for national merit scholarships across all disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships are for creative, motivated and academically strong students who are leaders in and out of the classroom.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of the nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.


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