University of Tennessee student Ryan White, of Maryville, has received a prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship to study the Russian language in the Republic of Belarus.

He joins as a scholarship winner UT’s Brooklyn Battle, a Knoxville senior who will study Mandarin at the National Taiwan Normal University for six months.

The Boren Scholarships are awarded by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the National Security Education Program. The awards provide students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the United States. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least a year.

“I’m thrilled for Brooklyn and Ryan and the extraordinary experiences they have ahead of them,” said Andrew Seidler, director of UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. “Being named Boren Scholars is a great credit to these students, to their faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and to UT.”

White will graduate in December 2020 and is double majoring in Russian studies and political science with a concentration in international affairs.

“I am traveling to the Republic of Belarus, where I will study the Russian language and immerse myself in Belarusian culture,” he said.“This award has offered me the opportunity to further pursue my personal and professional goal of fluency in Russian.”

White will begin his program August 1.

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