Boren Scholarship for Undergraduate Students
Boren Scholarships, funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. Boren Scholarships are not for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the United States. Semester scholarships are worth up to $10,000 and full year scholarships are worth up to $20,000. Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. The exception is made for STEM applicants, who can apply for a summer semester abroad. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to a service requirement, which is one year long and must begin within 3 years of graduation.
Office Application Deadline: January 16, 2020
- U.S citizen
- Current undergraduate
- Recipients must remain matriculated in their programs for the duration of the award
- Applying to engage in a study abroad program that meets Penn State standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the United States
Application Process: The university is required to review all applications, so there is an internal deadline noted above. Applicants will have a chance to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission by the national deadline.
**NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT your application until the office has reviewed your documentation and offered feedback. We do not have the ability to return your materials for revision if you do submit. When your application is complete, notify the office (email@example.com).
Complete applications are submitted through Boren's application system and are comprised of the following materials:
- Application form (details here)
- Study abroad program and budget (guidance here)
- Two essays (guidelines here)
- Two letters of recommendation (details here)
- A third letter is optional
- Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended, current transcripts should include fall
- Language self-assessment (guidelines here)
- Language proficiency form (optional, details here)