UNC Asheville Student Katherine Tyrlik Receives Boren Scholarship to Study in Poland


UNC Asheville junior Katherine Tyrlik has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship, sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), to study abroad in Poland during the 2017-18 academic year.  Tyrlik, a double major in French and biology, will spend the summer 2017 semester studying Polish at John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. Of 791 undergraduate applicants, Tyrlik was one of only 194 to receive the Boren Scholarship this year.

Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the U.S. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. As a cellular and molecular biology major, Tyrlik hopes to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after graduation from UNC Asheville.

Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 44 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and will study 36 different languages.

UNC Asheville has more than 170 exchange partner institutions in 50 countries around the world, as well as a number of short-term programs led by faculty. Seventeen percent of students at UNC Asheville study abroad during their undergraduate career. For more information about study abroad opportunities through UNC Asheville, visit studyabroad.unca.edu.