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Pilugin ’18 Earns Boren Scholarship

Noah Pilugin
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
May 9, 2018
  • Noah Pilugin '18 earned a Boren Scholarship.
  • The anthropology and art history major will study Urdu before heading to India.
  • As part of the program, Pilugin also will work for the federal government.

Noah Pilugin '18, anthropology and art history, earned a Boren Scholarship for Urdu language acquisition and Indian cultural study.

The scholarship will support Pilugin as he completes a summer language program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a year of study in India.

Ready to Serve

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding opportunities for undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests. This year Boren Scholars and Fellows will study 33 languages in 38 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Pilugin was drawn to the Boren scholarship program because it helps students prepare for work in the federal government. With personal and educational ties to India and the Urdu language, along with deep involvement in campus governance, Pilugin was a natural fit for this opportunity. He's been active in the Morris Campus Student Association, Students for a Democratic Society, Campus Assembly, and the Morris Academic Partnership program. His experience navigating governance, combined with his liberal arts background, set him apart from his peers.

"My Morris experience helped me not only understand the ways to teach and learn a language better, but also gave me a unique view on interacting with people," says Pilugin. "The writing I have done and the varied experiences I have had through the liberal arts certainly helped me in writing coherent and well-rounded essays for the application."

The Road Ahead

Boren Scholars represent a pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the national security arena. In fact, recipients accept a Service Requirement to work for the federal government.

Pilugin hopes to fulfill his service requirement with the State Department or the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). If all goes well, he says, he'd like to continue working for the federal government, ideally, overseas. Boren, says Pilugin, gives him a shot at living that dream.

About Boren

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

The Boren competition is administered at Morris through the Academic Center for Enrichment. To learn more, visit