Morgan Parsons

2018 Boren Scholar

Morgan Parsons

Morgan Parsons

Morgan Parsons has earned a Boren Scholarship to study the Swahili language. After spending part of the summer in 2018 at the University of Florida studying the language, she will travel to Arusha, Tanzania, to study the language further. She will also intern with a women’s economic empowerment group as part of her program

Boren Scholarships are part of the National Security Education Program and provide funds for college students to study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. The students typically travel to Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


“Receiving the Boren Scholarship allows me to pursue my passion of travel and gives me the best opportunity to study a critical language that will be useful for future endeavors.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Graduates May, 2019, with a degree in economics from the College of Business and a degree in women’s and gender studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Inspired By

I cannot thank Dr. Conor Lennon enough. Dr. Lennon has been an incredible mentor for me over the last year. Dr. Lennon’s letter of recommendation and encouragement definitely aided me in getting this position.


Hometown information

  • Hometown:

    Elizabethtown, Ky
  • High school:

    John Hardin High School (2014)
  • Parents:

    Judith and Robert Parsons of Elizabethtown