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Schoeman is UNG's second Boren Scholar of 2016

Strauss Schoeman will spend the next year studying in ZheJiang Normal University in Jinhua, China.

Strauss Schoeman, a junior at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been awarded a prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship, a national award to study abroad worth up to $20,000 that is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Schoeman, a computer science major, and two other UNG juniors also received a scholarship to study for a year at ZheJiang Normal University in Jinhua, courtesy of Chinese Government Scholarships from the Consulate in Houston and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Schoeman plans to tutor Chinese students in English while in China, and wants to join the Peace Corps and become an English teacher in China after graduation.

"Earning these scholarships reflects the hard work, determination and time these students have put into their studies. They, along with their mentors, are to be congratulated," said Dr. Anastasia Lin, assistant dean of student research and scholarship at UNG.

The Boren Scholarship is part of the National Security Education Program. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Schoeman is the sixth UNG student to win the Boren Scholarship and the second in 2016. Anita Renfroe, who participated in UNG's Federal Service Language Academy as a high school student, also was selected as a Boren Scholar. Renfroe, also a previous winner of the Gilman Scholarship, is a junior member of the Corps of Cadets majoring in Arabic with a minor in Spanish. She will spend the upcoming academic year studying in Fez, Morocco.

"Student successes like these verify that the UNG community is committed to creating and supporting global leaders," Lin said. "Through hard work and dedication, these students will be able to come back to the UNG community more knowledgeable and with a better worldview that they will be able to share with us here in our own community."

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