Boren Scholarships for Language Study in Critical Regions

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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.

 

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 nsepboren@umd.edu<mailto:nsepboren@umd.edu> 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, October 22 at 12:00 noon - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Boren Workshop: Tuesday, October 22 at 4:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Boren Workshop: Wednesday, October 23 at 4:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Boren Workshop: Thursday, October 24 at 12:00 noon - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Boren Workshop: Thursday, October 24 at 4:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Boren Workshop: Friday, October 25 at 12:00 noon - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Boren Workshop: Friday, October 25 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

for

the Boren Scholarship, please attend an information workshop and contact the

National Scholarships Office at: nsepboren@umd.edu<mailto:nsepboren@umd.edu>

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BOREN SCHOLARSHIP ­ NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Website: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

 

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

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: Friday, January 24, 2014.

Please contact us at nsepboren@umd.edu<mailto:nsepboren@umd.edu> 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

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 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, Director  ­ Leslie Brice, Coordinator ­

www.scholarships.umd.edu

 

Contact Person: Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.

Contact Email: nsepboren@umd.edu<mailto:nsepboren@umd.edu>

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