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Citadel News Service
18 May 2011

First Honor Graduate named Boren Scholar

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Noah Koubenec, who was awarded the David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate at the May 7 commencement exercises for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, has been named a Boren Scholar. 

A resident of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Koubenec graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both Spanish and Political Science and a four-year cumulative GPR of a perfect 4.0.

Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarships are targeted to students whose work will contribute to national security or the challenges of global society.

Koubenec’s scholarship will fund study in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for Portuguese language and Brazilian affairs.

“We are proud of Noah’s accomplishments and have high hopes for his continued success,” said Brig. Gen. Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college.  “When we think of Citadel graduates as principled leaders who may play a role in national and international events, we think of graduates like Noah Koubenec. ”

A participant in The Citadel Honors Program, Koubenec has an established track record of winning scholarships. In the summers of 2008 and 2009 he completed coursework and research in Mexico City through a Star-of-the-West International Summer Scholarship. Last summer, he studied in Ecuador as one of only 22 students nationwide to receive a scholarship from the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, Sigma Delta Pi.

Koubenec is also one of just 60 college students nationwide to receive a prestigious Truman Scholarship.

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