Subject: BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LANGUAGE STUDY IN CRITICAL REGIONS
BOREN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LANGUAGE STUDY IN CRITICAL REGIONS
Francis DuVinage, Director Leslie Brice, Coordinator
The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to
study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2014-15 in
non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the
languages of those areas. Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Central &
Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren
Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia,
or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2014-15 may be used for study abroad
in Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and/or Spring 2015. More details are provided
below. Special opportunities are also available for studying African
languages (see below).
The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants
who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a
one-year service expectation.
Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the
past two years!!!
The NSO is holding several Boren Scholarship information sessions –
please write to [log in to unmask] to let us know which session you plan to
attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a
note to the same address.)
Boren Workshop: Tuesday, November 19 at 9 am - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Boren Workshop: Wednesday, November 20 at 12 noon - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Boren Workshop: Thursday, November 21 at 4:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a
required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your
application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is JANUARY 24, 2014.
If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland review process
the Boren Scholarship, please attend an information workshop and contact the
National Scholarships Office at: [log in to unmask]
BOREN SCHOLARSHIP NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Who can apply: US Citizens students who are now Freshmen, Sophomores,
Juniors, AND Seniors; All Majors GPA of 3.5 or higher strongly
recommended; Students should be planning to study abroad between the start
of summer 2014 and the end of spring 2015. **UMD winter term courses are NOT
IMPORTANT: Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe,
Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be
used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
IMPORTANT: Summer-only programs are limited to science, technology,
engineering and mathematic majors. Students majoring in these areas are
STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Applications for summer-only programs will be
considered only if the program is eight (8) weeks or more.
DEADLINE FOR REQUIRED MARYLAND REVIEW PROCESS: Friday, January 24, 2014.
Please contact us at [log in to unmask] for more information about the Boren
Scholarship and Maryland’s review process.
DESCRIPTION: Boren Scholarships provide up to $10,000 per semester or $20,000
per academic year to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in 2013-14
in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and
underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern
Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The program draws on a
broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national
security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of
protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of
global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation,
global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic
LANGUAGE STUDY: Boren Scholars typically include substantial language study
in their study abroad programs. (Exception: students applying to study abroad
in French or Spanish speaking regions of the world should already have
advanced proficiency in French or Spanish.) For a complete list of languages
and regions please visit the Boren Scholarship website.
AFRICAN LANGUAGES INITIATIVE: Boren Scholarship applicants have the
opportunity to deepen their knowledge of, and proficiency in, African
languages and cultures. Through the initiative, supplemental funding will be
available for Boren Scholars to study one of the following languages at the
University of Florida’s summer 2013 program prior to commencing their
overseas Boren Scholarship funded program: Akan/Twi, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba,
Hausa, French, and Zulu. In addition, African Languages Initiative overseas
programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall
semester 2013 in the following countries: Tanzania (Swahili), Mozambique
(Portuguese), Nigeria (Yoruba), Senegal (French), and South Africa (Zulu).
PROGRAM PREFERENCES: The Boren Scholarship program strongly prefers proposals
for TWO semester of study abroad (with the exception of applicants in the
sciences, engineering and mathematics, who are free to apply to summer-only
or single-semester programs). While single-semester applications are
permitted, we encourage students to consider more than one semester of study
abroad whenever possible. Preferred combinations include: Summer + Fall
semesters abroad and Fall + Spring semesters abroad. Summer-only proposals
are limited to Science/Engineering and Math majors, though students in these
major may apply for two semester of study abroad as well. SENIORS ARE
ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.
AWARD: Awards depend on the actual cost of the proposed study abroad
programs. Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for one semester and
$20,000 for two semesters or a full academic year.
SERVICE EXPECTATION: The Boren Scholarship program seeks applicants who are
strongly interested in exploring possibilities for U.S. Government
employment, and applications from students expressing a strong interest in
Federal service will be preferred. Recipients of Boren Scholarships are
expected to work for the Federal Government for one year. Boren Scholars must
begin fulfilling the service requirement within three years of graduation.
For more information about the Boren Scholarship service expectation please
visit the Boren website at: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship
Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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Phone: (301) 314-9458
Fax: (301) 314-0085
Contact Person: Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
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