Kamille “Mia” King of Chicago, Illinois, earned a 2019 David L. Boren Scholarship. A biology and psychology major who will graduate next month from the University of Minnesota Morris, King will spend next year studying Portuguese in Mozambique.
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), provide funding opportunities for undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. King says she always wanted to learn more languages. She began with French and Spanish at a very early age and knew the Boren Scholarship was the right program for her because it gave her the chance to learn another language and study abroad.
Boren Scholars represent a pool of highly motivated individuals who want to work in the national security arena. Recipients accept a Service Requirement to work for the federal government. King plans to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on antibiotic resistance in the U.S. and abroad. She wants to pursue this work full-time once she finishes a PhD/MD program after her Boren year. This opportunity, she says, will help her achieve her public health career goals.