GS senior wins prestigious award for Middle East study

We would like to congratulate, Toni Isreal ’17 who has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship. Isreal is triple majoring in Global Studies, Africana Studies and International Relations/Modern Languages and Literature (IR/MLL).

The Boren Scholarship is highly selective and awards undergraduate’s financial assistance to learn an uncommon language that is considered critical to U.S. foreign interests. The award is contingent on the student completing one-year of service in the federal government.

Isreal will be studying Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. While there she will have the opportunity to learn the Levantine/Jordanian Arabic Dialect. Isreal plans to continue her work volunteering with refugees and will work on her thesis for her IR/MLL degree. She is considering focusing her thesis on the political economy of violence.

She says, “I am grateful for this amazing opportunity as it is something I have been working towards since my sophomore year in high school, at The Madeira School. My studies at Lehigh have also encouraged my intellectual curiosity about the global processes affecting areas of conflict in the Middle East.”

Last summer, Isreal was awarded a Global Studies travel grant to take an advanced-level Arabic class in Washington, DC. While at Lehigh she has taken an array of Arabic classes and has studied abroad in Morocco and Oman.

Congratulations Toni, we can’t wait to hear all about your experiences!

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