The Boren Awards and its scholarships are the ideal for any person looking to study a foreign language and culture through a study abroad program but lacks the funds to do so. If you’re interested in applying, there are some things that you should know.
You are eligible for a Boren Scholarship if you are:
- An American citizen at the time of your application
- A high school graduate or have earned a GED
- Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a school located within America and accredited by an accrediting body acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education. Undergraduate students who are awarded a Boren Scholarship should remain enrolled in their undergraduate degree program for the length of their scholarship. They may not graduate until the scholarship has been completed.
- Applying for a study abroad program that satisfies home institution standards and is located in a country outside of Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. Boren Scholarships are not awarded for studying within the U.S.
To apply for a Boren Scholarship, here’s what you have to do:
- Look for the Boren on-campus representative to learn when the on-campus deadline is. Be sure to stay in contact with the representative as he or she will be assisting you throughout your application.
- Complete the Boren Scholarship application which includes several sections: a study abroad program, a budget section, and two statements of purpose. Don’t forget to read the application instructions before you begin the online application.
- You will also need to submit certain supplementary documents:
- 2 letters of reference. Make sure that all the letters of reference are signed and original. They should each be placed inside an envelope with a signature located across the seal. You can choose to submit a third letter of reference.
- Official, hard copies of transcripts from all universities and colleges that you have attended. Those who are freshmen will need to include their high school transcripts.
- Language self-assessment form. You will need to complete this form by using the Language self-assessment guide. Both can be found on the Boren Awards website.
- Language proficiency form. This is an optional form that you can include along with your application. This too can be found on the Boren Awards website.
- Submit either a one page description of the study abroad program that already includes the information regarding cost or two letters of support if you are setting up an individually arranged study abroad program or direct enrollment. For the one page description, you can get this information from the program’s website or just photocopy a part of the program’s brochure. For the letters of support, one should be a letter from your home institution and the other should be a letter from your host institution located abroad.
Now that you know how to apply, all you need to do is submit all of the accomplished forms and documents to your on-campus Boren representative on or before the on-campus deadline. If there are none on your campus, be sure to send everything to IIE through a traceable method of delivery.