Two Howard University Students Named 2019 Boren Scholar and Fellow

Diane Ijoma and Darryl L. Jones II headshots, smiling.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), awards David L. Boren Scholarships to undergraduate students and David L. Boren Fellowships to graduate students with the goal of adding important international and language components to their education through study abroad experiences in regions critical to U.S. interests.

Two Howard University students, Diane Ijoma and Darryl L. Jones II, have been selected to receive the prestigious award.

Ijoma is a junior political science and economics major. She is an alumna of the Freshman Leadership Academy and is also involved in the International Affairs Society and the Petey Greene Program. She served as managing editor of The Liberato, Howard University’s first publication dedicated to political discourse.

As an intern for the U.S. Department of State, Ijoma worked closely with American diplomats serving in Juba, South Sudan. She spent last summer in Arusha, Tanzania, studying Swahili as a Critical Language Scholar. She was also named as a 2019 Competitiveness Scholar by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Jones is a doctoral student in the Department of African Studies. His research focuses on the impact of desertification and drought on nomadic and pastoral societies, and traditional forms of slavery in the West African Sahel.

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