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Korean Language Flagship student earns national scholarship, will study at university in Seoul

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Sang-Yee Cheon, (808) 956-2054
Assoc Prof, Korean & Dir of KLFC, East Asian Languages and Literatures
Lydia Chung, (808) 956-8469
Coordinator, KLFC, East Asian Languages and Literatures
Posted: May 11, 2017

Eloise Morris
Eloise Morris

Eloise Morris of the UH Mānoa Korean Language Flagship Center (KLFC) has been awarded the national Boren Scholarship, which will support her 2017-2018 KLFC Overseas Capstone Program at Korea University in Seoul.  Boren Scholarships are an initiative of the National Security Education Program.  They provide unique funding opportunities for American undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to the national security of the United States.

Originally from Colorado, Morris received the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  Upon entering UHM, Morris chose to major in Korean Flagship (BA in Korean for Professional). She said that she realizes the importance of proficiency in the target language for government intelligence.

After completing her BA, Morris hopes to put her Korean language skills to use by serving in the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities.

Morris looks forward to traveling to Washington, D.C., to receive the award in June. She joins earlier Korean Language Flagship Center Boren scholars Danica Lim (2009), Bowha Kang (2010), Tyler Miyashiro (2013) and Ryan Tanaka (2016).

The Korean Language Flagship Center at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa is the first Korean language and culture center in the United States dedicated to cultivating Korea specialists with professional-level proficiency in Korean. The KLFC’s goal is to prepare American students to be capable of functioning in Korean as professionals in their chosen academic or professional fields. UHM’s Korean Flagship Program (KFP) was established in 2002 as a post-baccalaureate non-degree program. In cooperation with the UHM's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Languages, Linguistics, & Literature, the KFP transitioned into the KLFC in 2007 offering a Master of Arts degree in "Korean for Professionals." The KLFC launched a Bachelor of Arts degree in "Korean for Professionals" program in 2008. The KLFC is part of The Language Flagship funded by the Defense Language National Security Education Office. 

The College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature (one of the four Arts & Sciences colleges) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers a broad curriculum in English, foreign and heritage languages and literatures, second language studies, and linguistics.  Its Asia and Pacific focused curricula is unique in the nation and its faculty regularly teaches more than 25 languages.

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