Cochell Awarded Prestigious Boren Scholarship

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

HELENA – Carroll College is proud to announce that Robert "Alex" Cochell, class of 2019, was awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP.)

Cochell was one of 244 Boren Scholars selected from 851 applicants nation-wide. Boren Scholarships provide the award recipients with unique funding opportunities to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. This year’s Boren participants will support language study of 30 different languages in 39 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Cochell will be studying Hindi at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur, India, beginning this fall.

"I have tried to live my life according to one principle: Love God and love people,” said Cochell. “I would not have received this opportunity without His guidance and the years of amazing teachers who have shaped me to who I am today. When I first found out about the Boren, I was shocked. I thought that I am so small in the big world of very qualified individuals. Then I thought, God is good. There must be a purpose for my selection to India."

Cochell, originally from Vancouver, Washington, graduated this May with a triple major in International Relations, Political Science, and French. "In 2017 I traveled to India. I know it's cliche to say the trip changed me, but it did," said Cochell. "I learned many things, but one stands out as more timely. People are people. No matter where you go in all creation, people laugh; they cry; they strive; and they relax. Some days are good and others are bad. We all have skin and bone. I will use the lessons I have learned to better build U.S.-India relations."

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. For more information on the Boren Awards, visit