The Middle East Studies Center announces recipients of two scholarships for Middle East language and area studies. Congratulations to the following students!
The Patricia & Gary Leiser Scholarship for Middle East Languages supports the study of Middle Eastern languages. Applicants must demonstrate a serious interest in the Middle East by taking courses related to the region, although not necessarily a Middle East studies degree program. 2013 recipient, Nickolas Smith (Arabic), is pursuing a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution and is in his fifth year of Arabic study. He has also received support for his studies through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship and Boren scholarship programs.
The Elizabeth Ducey Scholarship is open to students intending to pursue a Middle East studies degree program. Students must be enrolled in and making satisfactory progress in a Middle Eastern language. 2013 recipient, Touraj Houshmand-Shafii (Turkish), is majoring in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East, with minors in Persian, International Studies – Africa, and Black Studies. He has received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) funding, the John Damis Middle East Studies scholarship, the Patricia & Gary Leiser Scholarships in Middle Eastern Languages, and the Persia House Scholarship for study of Persian. Houshmand-Shafii is a member of the Arab Persian Student Organization and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and works at PSU’s Disability Resource Center.