Francis DuVinage, Director  – Leslie Brice, Coordinator –
The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates who want to study abroad for one or two semesters in 2012-13 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.) 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.  Boren Scholarships for 2012-13 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2012, Fall 2012 and/or Spring 2013. More details are provided below.
Maryland ranks # 3 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded each of the past two years!!!
A representative from the Boren Scholarship Program, Sarah Gleisner, will be on campus on October 26 to present an overview of the Boren Scholarship and answer your questions:
BOREN SCHOLARSHIP REPRESENTATIVE - Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 pm – Language House Multipurpose Room (0105 St. Mary's Hall - adjacent to the patio facing McKeldin library) – RSVP  to [log in to unmask] as space is limited.
In addition to the session listed above, the NSO has also scheduled a number of information sessions for students unable to attend this presentation– 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.)
Thursday, October 27 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, October 27 at 4 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 28 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, October 28 at 4 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, October 31 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, November 1 at 4 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 2 at 4 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 Maryland’s review process is JANUARY 25, 2012.  If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland review process for the Boren Scholarship, please attend an information workshop and contact the National Scholarships Office at: [log in to unmask]
Who can apply: US Citizens – students who are now Freshmen, Sophomores or Juniors – All Majors – GPA of 3.5 or higher strongly recommended – Students planning study abroad between Summer 2012 and Spring 2013 – UMD winter term courses are not eligible.
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: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 – please contact us [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 2009-10 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 competitiveness.
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 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 2012 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren Scholarship funded program: Akan/Twi, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu. In addition, African Languages Initiative overseas programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2012 in the following countries: Tanzania (Swahili), Mozambique (Portuguese), Nigeria (Yoruba), and South Africa (Zulu).
PROGRAM PREFERENCES: The Boren Scholarship program strongly prefers proposals for more than one semester of study abroad (with the exception of applicants in the sciences, engineering and mathematics, who are free to propose summer-only 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.
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: