Previous Winners of the Boren Graduate Fellowship


Samhouri, Annie

Annie is from Parker, Colorado. She has a BA from BYU in Political Science, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic & International Development and is a 2013 MS candidate in the BYU Sociology program. She studied Arabic for two years and put that knowledge to use with two internships with the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development. She also has three years of experience supervising the BYU Jordan International Development Internship with the Ministry of Social Development and Dr. Ralph Brown (her thesis chair).


Griffith, David

David Griffith is from Corvallis, Oregon, and holds a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science; he is ready to put his passion for international development to good use with his Fulbright Fellowship. Having secured a prestigious internship from the Department of State at the U.S embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, and having also won the David L. Boren Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship to Laos, David has a bright future. His area of focus is how entrepreneurship can be used to alleviate poverty in underdeveloped countries.

Humiston, Spencer

From Minnesota, Spencer studied Political Science at BYU as an undergraduate and later attended BYU Law School. A prior winner of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS), Spencer plans to live in Thailand for six months as a 2012 recipient of the NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship. After graduating from law school, Spencer plans to practice law, preferably in Southeast Asia with a dream of someday owning a free-range cattle ranch in Argentina. Spencer's hobbies include mountain climbing and avoiding filling out the "about me" section on his Facebook profile.


Moreno-Campoy Jr., Marco

Marco is a senior majoring in Middle Eastern studies/Arabic who hopes to attend the American University in Cairo in Fall 2009. He said, "This is something I've worked really hard for, and I'm so psyched to have received the award!" He is a recipient of the Boren Graduate Fellowship.


Hansen, Miles

Hansen is a senior majoring in international relations will be participating in a year-long intensive Farsi program in Tajikistan in Fall 2009. "Receiving this scholarship provides me with the opportunity to learn a language that is critical to U.S. security interests while gaining invaluable experience in an Islamic culture that I deeply respect - both of which I intend to put to good use while serving my country and the peoples of the region in the years to come," he said. He is a recipient of the Boren Graduate Fellowship.


Skabelund, Aaron H.

Aaron is from Springville, Utah, and he served in the Japan Kobe Mission. He graduated in both Japanese and International Relations from BYU in 1995. Aaron pursued a Ph.D. at Columbia University and studied Japan/Japanese with a focus in Japan's postwar military. He is a recipient of the Boren Graduate Fellowship.