- U.S. citizen and willing to enter into a service agreement to work for the federal government in the national security arena for at least one year after graduation.
- Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in the U. S. accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Remain matriculated in the undergraduate program for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
- Applying to participate in a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
- Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad. Boren Scholarships are NOT for study in the U.S.
The Boren Scholarship has a campus process and requires a Stanford evaluation. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is in mid- January and the ORC will forward all applications for the national competition. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.
Should I apply?
Important information, which can help you determine if the Boren Scholarship is right for you, can be found here: https://stanford.box.com/Should-I-Apply-General-Handout
Additional information on the Boren Scholarship, including application criteria can be found at: http://borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html
Other Special Opportunities for Boren Scholars:
For the Campus Deadline please complete the following steps:
- Submit Online Application through Boren Slate system
- Email PDF of your online application to Diane Murk firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email Scholarship/Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver Form to Diane Murk email@example.com (will be provided to applicants)
- NOTE: Do NOT submit your online application through the Boren Slate system until after the campus committee evaluation process is complete on Jan. 30. We will provde more information about this step later.
- Candidate online application
- Biographical and Educational Information – Transcripts
- Study Abroad Program Description (one-page)
- Program Budget
- Two Essays
- Explanation of significance of country, region, language, to U.S. national security; and description of country, language and program connection with career goals and federal service requirement. (800 words)
- Description of study abroad program – study and cultural activities and services; language component; and past experience in language. (800 words)
- Language Self-Assessment Form
- Two-three (2-3) letters of recommendation to be submitted online by references
- Language proficiency evaluation form (optional) to be submitted online by reference
How the ORC can help?
After reading this website and the official Boren website you should attend an information session. Info sessions can be found at http://bechtel.stanford.edu/overseas-scholarships. This is your first step in working with the ORC team.
About the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
The Boren Scholarship provides funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars represent many academic fields but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.
The Boren was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, in honor of Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma. The Scholarship is designed to help prepare American students to enter professional life with more than a traditional knowledge of a foreign language and culture; acquire cross-cultural understanding and a global outlook; and enhance career and leadership opportunities in all fields including business, government, education, science and technology. The award is for a period of one semester or one academic year and includes $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum), $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for a full academic year.