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May 9, 2012
By Coleman Cornelius
A Colorado State University student and military veteran has received a $14,500 scholarship that will allow him to travel and study in Central Asia while pursuing a degree in agricultural business.
Douglas Winter, of Fort Collins, earned a Boren Scholarship, funded by the National Security Education Program, which focuses on geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
A student in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Winter is the first CSU undergraduate to receive a Boren Scholarship since 2001, according to the CSU Office of International Programs.
With the award, Winter, a senior, will travel to The London School in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and from there will travel and study in the republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan as he seeks Russian language proficiency and a better understanding of the region’s politics and history. He will study abroad during the entire 2012-13 academic year.
Winter, 32, hopes Russian fluency and an understanding of agricultural business and economics will position him to contribute to U.S. foreign policy on the pressing issue of global food security, and other matters of U.S. interest and international security.
Prior to attending CSU, Winter was stationed for six years in Norfolk, Va., with the U.S. Navy and was deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Anzio (CG 68).