Previous Winners of the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship


Seeley, Mengxi

From Cedar Hills, Utah, Mengxi Seeley is majoring in International Relations with a minor in Chinese. A winner of the NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarship to study abroad in China, Mengxi believes her participation in the BYU Chinese Flagship Program and in a BYU Study Abroad program to the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing were instrumental in helping prepare her for the Boren Scholarship. She credits the Flagship Program’s intensive language classes and one-on-one tutoring for helping her Chinese language skills.


Sofe, Raage

Raage comes from La Grande, Oregon and will use his NSEP Boren Scholarship to study Arabic in Egypt. He is a Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic major with minors in Political Science and Spanish. As well as his depth and breadth in his undergraduate studies, Raage feels that his involvement in the Honors Program and the undergraduate research he has done have best prepared him to win the David L. Boren Scholarship. Some of his undergraduate experiences included working as a Peer Coach in the BYU Academic Support office.


Jones, Emmalee

Emmalee is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has a major in Applied Physics, with a minor in math. She was an excellent student during her studies at BYU. She was very active in research in her field in the later part of her undergraduate experience. Emmalee has been accepted and is planning on attending the University of New Mexico; she is enrolled in the Nanoscience and Microsystems PhD program. Emmalee has plans of benefitting the future through her research.

Ward, Estee

Estee Ward is majoring in Middle Eastern studies/Arabic, and will take advanced courses in Arabic at the University of Jordan during spring and summer terms of 2009. Having previously lived in a predominantly Muslim country, Ward says she has a different perspective than the one painted by the media regarding the so-called "chasm" between the West and Islam. "Ultimately I hope to be in a position to bridge the misunderstanding between these two cultures.


Toone, Jordan

Jordan is from American Fork, Utah, and graduated with University Honors in August 2004 in Near Eastern Studies and Linguistics with a minor in Language & Computers. He is from a family of ten people with three brothers and four sisters. Although he is 6'3", everyone in his family except his mother and little sister are as tall, or taller than he is. Jordan served a mission for the Church in London, England. During his first semester at BYU, he took an Ancient and Modern Middle East course from Dr. Marilyn Higbee-Walker, a visiting professor from Columbia University.



Ericksen, Todd D.

Todd, a native of Tempe, Arizona, earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He served in the South Africa Cape Town Mission and the National Security Education Program (NSEP) provided him with the opportunity to return to South Africa to do research with a David L. Boren Scholarship in 2002.


McMullin, David E.

David served in the Brazil Porto Alegre South Mission. He is from Auburn, Washington, and he completed his David L. Boren Scholarship in Egypt. He then graduated Cum Laude in International Studies with a minor in Modern Near Eastern Studies.

Reynolds, Makaria

Makaria is from Jerusalem, and she enhanced her Arabic studies by using the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship to go to Jordan. She later graduated from BYU in International Politics with a minor in Arabic. She then won a Fulbright Fellowship to go to Jordan once again.


Reagan, Laureen D.

Laureen hails from Bothell, Washington. She won the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship to go to Tanzania. She later graduated from BYU with a major in Anthropology with minors in Microbiology as well as African Studies.


Layton, Melissa A.

Melissa won the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship as an undergraduate and went to Russia. She graduated with a Russian major and with University Honors. She later earned the Institute for Humane Studies Scholarship.