Amanda Claypool wins prestigious Boren Award
Amanda Claypool ('13 BA) has been awarded a highly competitive Boren undergraduate scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan during 2013-14. She graduates with a triple major in international relations, political science, and history, and a minor in Middle Eastern studies. Claypool serves on the executive board of LIME: An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group. She studied Middle East policy at the Lauder School of Government of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, in summer 2011 and participated in the highly selective Maxwell-in-Washington semester program in fall 2011, where she served as a research intern with the American Task Force on Palestine. To support field research for her Honors capstone on "State-Building in the Palestinian Authority: An Analysis of Institutional Capacity in the Midst of Conflict and Occupation," Claypool applied for and received a Crown Scholar Award. She traveled to the Palestinian Authority for her field work, where she interviewed political leaders, academics, and Palestinian citizens in the West Bank. Her goal is to create peace "from the bottom up," through cultural understanding, discussion, and mutual respect.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.