A 2003 Madera High School graduate will study Portuguese and mathematics in Mozambique, a small country in southeast Africa, next school year thanks to a National Security Education Program.
Gabriel Gardiner, 26, was one of 161 undergraduate students nationwide who were awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study foreign languages abroad. More than 1,000 students applied for the scholarship, which is sponsored by the NSEP to build a qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.
“I see it as something that’s going to transform my career — it’s like a launching pad,” Gardiner said Friday. “This scholarship is about creating the next generation of federal government employees that can work outside of the United States.”
The scholarship was named for the University of Oklahoma president and former U.S. Sen. David Boren, who authored the legislation that created the NSEP...