Boren Scholarships

Scholarship Value: $20,000
Awards Available: 100

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility & Basic Information

You must respond to all of these questions in order to proceed with the application.

A) U.S. Citizenship - Only U.S. citizens are eligible for the scholarship.

B) I will be a matriculated undergraduate student at a U.S. college or university as of the Boren Scholarships application deadline – Only matriculated students are eligible.

C) Current Institution as of Application Deadline – Choose your current U.S. institution. Should that change before the application deadline, you may change it later.

D) Proposed Country of Study – Choose a country of study at this time. You may return to change it later.

E) Are you a citizen of this country? - Boren recipients may not study overseas in a country in which they are a citizen.

F) Proposed Language – Choose your language of study at this time. You may return to change it later.

Personal & Contact Information

A) Name – Enter your complete and legal name. You may include a preferred first name and former last name if applicable.

B) Mailing Address – Enter your complete current address and phone number.

C) Permanent Address – Enter the address and phone number where you can be reached when you are not at college.

D) Email Address – Enter the email where you would like Boren to contact you.

E) Telephone Number – The country code for the United States is +1, so a U.S. number would be entered +1-202-555-1234.

F) Biographical Information – Enter you Gender, Birthdate, and Country of Residence.

G) Additional Information – Enter the state and Congressional district where you are registered to vote. Visit to look up your Congressional district if you do not know. Choose yes or no on the question asking whether you are a veteran or in active service to the U.S. military.

H) Voluntary Information – The question on race/ethnic origin is optional. Leaving this question blank will not affect your application.

Educational Background

A) On this page, your current institution of higher education should already be listed from the Eligibility and Basic Information page. You may list up to two additional institutions where you obtained or pursued a degree previously by clicking "Add New".

B) Clicking on the name of each institution will open a box requesting the following formation:

1) Institution – Enter the level of study (Undergraduate or Graduate), degree type, date attended from, date of expected degree, major (+ double major and minor if applicable), GPA, and the maximum possible GPA at your institution. Note: the "Date/Expected Date Attended to" field for your current institution should be after the completion of your Boren-funded program.

2) Institution Location – Enter the country, city, state, and zip code for the listed institution.

Transcript Upload

A) On this page, you will have the opportunity to upload transcripts for each of the institutions listed in the Educational Background section. Transcripts may be unofficial.

B) Clicking on the name of each institution will open a box requesting the following formation:

1) Edit Institution – This information should already be listed from the Educational Background section.

2) Submit Transcript – You may upload one multi-page file in PDF format, or each page in an image format (e.g. JPEG, PNG, TIFF). Once the uploads have been saved, you may return to this page to preview your uploads, replace them, or delete them.

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