Recipient profiles

Gabby Beckford

Boren Scholarship , 2016, United Arab Emirates

VCU student Gabrielle “Gabby” Beckford, a junior mathematics major from Stafford, Virginia, received a Boren Scholarship to study Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for one academic year at American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

During her time abroad she will study MSA in the hopes of attaining a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies along with continuing her studies in Mathematics. “I was really drawn to the chance to study abroad for such an extended period of time…especially unique was the fact that I could choose the country I went to. I may not have ever had the chance to go to Dubai otherwise!” Gabby said.

Along with her mathematics studies, Gabby also has a passion for writing. “I write for my own travel website, packslight.com, so I knew a chance to study abroad with a scholarship like the Boren would also be fantastic to write about as well,” she said.

Upon her completion of the program she will return to Richmond to complete her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Along with becoming proficient in MSA, Gabby hopes to work for the government and secure a position as a Grade 04 or 05 Engineer at the United States Naval Surface Warfare Center.