Eloise Morris of the University of Hawaiʻi at 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 UH Mānoa, 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).