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Sylvon (John) Maughan, a sophomore psychology-anthropology major from Brainerd, Minnesota, has recently been awarded an $11,000 scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) for year-long study in China. The scholarship pays for all of MaughanÂ’s expenses over two semesters of study, which gives him the financial means to participate in ReedÂ’s study abroad program in Fuzhou.

Sylvon (John) Maughan Â’02, a graduate of Brainerd Senior High, has been quite active in his first two years at Reed College. The recipient of a 1998-1999 commendation for academic excellence, Maughan plays the piano, studies languages, and backpacks. In the summer of 1999, he received a $500 grant from ReedÂ’s Service Learning Afield program.

While in China, Maughan will study in Fujian Province, directly across the bay from Taiwan. He will spend two semesters studying intensive Mandarin Chinese, with four hours of classroom study and two hours of classroom cultural studies daily. Following his coursework, Maughan will spend the summer traveling throughout China, hoping to further develop his cultural understanding of the nation.

"Coming from a non-academic background, Reed has been a haven of progress for me. This award is not only a step, but a leap toward my future goals," says Maughan. "With an undergraduate liberal arts degree providing both a general education and relative specialization in a theory of humanity (rooted in psychology and anthropology), as well as skills in Chinese, German, and Spanish, I hope to combine my academic learning with my experiences of other cultures to pursue a graduate degree in international affairs. I would like to use my experiential understanding and theoretical academic framework to eventually work in the United Nations."

The NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships, and grants. The program seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security.

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