Johnson Receives William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to Study Abroad in Dubai

Senior political science major Jenny Johnson will spend the fall semester studying at the American University in Dubai after being selected as one of 10 recipients of the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship.

The scholarship is an initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation, established by the former president. Its goal is to provide American students the opportunity to learn about Middle Eastern culture, politics, economics and language while living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Clinton Foundation covers the cost of tuition and housing for 10 selected students each semester.

Johnson, who plans to obtain an advanced degree in Arabic/Middle Eastern studies after she graduates from Truman in December, came across the scholarship opportunity while researching academic programs in the Middle East. Eventually, Johnson would like to pursue a career that involves women’s empowerment and economic development in the Middle East/North Africa and possibly work on U.S. and Middle East relations.

The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University is open to all U.S. citizens enrolled as full-time undergraduates. While an interest in Middle Eastern and Islamic cultural studies is important for the application process, the scholarship favors students who have not previously traveled to or studied in the area. A majority of the classes at the American University are taught in English. For more information on the scholarship, visit