Preparing for the future: Baker alumna heading to Eurasian country

Paige Dabney is a Baker alumna who has a scholarship to

Florida State University undergraduate Paige Dabney, a Baker School alumna, pictured in Tbilisi, Georgia, will travel to the Eurasian country for nine months on a scholarship. The 21-year-old will study the Georgian language while working toward her international affairs and geography degree.

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Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 07:13 PM.

BAKER — Paige Dabney is one of just five Florida State University students planning to study in another country, thanks to a scholarship.

A David L. Boren Scholarship, worth up to $20,000, will help further her international studies in Georgia, the nation between Russia and Turkey.

Breaking barriers

The 21-year-old plans to attend graduate school and pursue work in international education with the U.S. government following her FSU graduation. While abroad, the international affairs and geography major will learn more about the Georgian language and culture in Tbilisi, the country’s capital.

Boren awards are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

 “This gives me a way to communicate on the same level and break the language barriers,” she said, adding she's also studying Spanish and Korean languages.

Dabney said her interest for learning different languages grew while working with exchange students at the university.

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