PROVO — Three Brigham Young University students are recipients of the 2008-09 National Security Education Program Boren Undergraduate Scholarships.

Boren Scholarships are merit-based with amounts ranging from $20,000 for an academic year to $8,000 for a summer. The 2008-09 NSEP academic year covers study abroad during the summer 2008, fall 2008 and/or spring 2009.

BYU's recipients are Miles Hansen, 24, of Salt Lake City, a senior majoring in international relations; Marco Moreno-Campoy Jr., 24, of Chula Vista, Calif., a senior majoring in Middle Eastern studies/Arabic; and Estee Ward, 19, of Shoreline, Wash., a junior majoring in Middle Eastern studies/Arabic.

All three are majors from the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

Hansen will be participating in a yearlong intensive Farsi program in Tajikistan next year.

Moreno hopes to attend the American University in Cairo in the fall.

Ward will take advanced courses in Arabic at the University of Jordan during spring and summer terms this year.

From the 697 applications, 150 awards were offered. Sixty-four alternate candidates were also selected; alternate candidates may be offered funding should primary candidates decline awards.

Application materials for the 2009-10 award cycle will be available in late summer at www.iie.org/programs/nsep/undergraduate

To learn more about the majors offered by the David M. Kennedy Center, see the Web site at kennedy.byu.edu.