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Villanova Presidential Scholar Christine Fossaceca Awarded National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship

Scholarship Will Support Fossaceca’s Korean Language Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea 

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University Presidential Scholar Christine Fossaceca ’16 College of Engineering, a rising sophomore from Frederick, Md., has been named a recipient of a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship, marking the third consecutive year that a Villanova student has won this competitive award. Fossaceca plans to use her scholarship to pursue Korean language studies and computer engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea during the spring 2014 semester.

Established in 1994, Boren Scholarships are funded by the NSEP and provide unique funding opportunities for American undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to the United States’ interests and are underrepresented in study abroad. These include countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work for at least one year in a federal government position with national security responsibilities after their college graduation. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies.

“The Boren Scholarship program has provided a wonderful opportunity for Villanova students seeking to develop careers with an international focus.  Christine is the third Villanovan in as many years to receive this honor.  Her plan to study cyber security at Yonsei University in Korea resonates well with the mission of the Boren to build critical language expertise among American students.”

Fossaceca, a Presidential Scholar, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, with minors in Business and Theology. During her first year at Villanova, Fossaceca became an active member of Villanova’s Korean Student Association, and is the competition chair for the Villanova Club Tae Kwon Do. She volunteered for RUBIAL, an all-freshman service program, where she tutored at an afterschool program in West Philadelphia. As a member of Villanova’s Formula SAE Team, Fossaceca helped to build a fully functioning race car for an international competition. She is a mentor for Bigs and Littles, a Villanova Campus Ministry service program; a member of Villanova’s Student Government; and a writer for The Villanova Times, the University’s monthly newspaper.

Upon graduating from Villanova, Fossaceca plans to pursue a career in cybersecurity through the National Security Agency.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.