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. Maximum scholarship amounts are $25,000 for a full academic year.
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. Read more about the elibility requirements and selection criteria on the Boren website. The William & Mary Study Abroad Office can help you find a study abroad program to include in your Boren application.
To hear some of the Peer Scholarship Advisors’ tips on the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship, read their blog post on the Boren Scholarship.
Campus Nomination Process
Overview: All students seeking a W&M endorsement must complete (not submit) the Boren application through the Boren online application portal by the campus deadline. All supporting materials (including recommendation letters) must also be complete in the online system by the campus deadline. After the campus deadline, all students with complete applications will be offered a campus interview to complete the campus rating form.
Application Format: The interest form is not an official part of the Boren application process and is completed on a word document. The rest of the application is completed in Boren’s application portal.
Deadlines and Timeline:
- November-December: Meet with a Peer Scholarship advisor to review rough drafts of your Boren essays since the campus deadline occurs before the start of the spring semester.
- Sunday, January 10 at 11:59 p.m.: Campus Application Deadline: Your complete application and supporting materials should be complete in Boren's online application portal by this date in order to be eligible for campus interviews/ratings). Note: the Director of National Scholarships will be able to see all complete applications in Boren's online system, there is no need to select "submit" at this point. (This will allow you to continue editing your application after the campus interviews.)
- Mid-January: Campus Interviews (virtual).
Nominations: Boren does not require nominations. However, Boren does allow campus representatives to rate students on a scale of 1-5. While the rating is not required, it does give the Boren reviewers additional insight into student applications and unique qualifications. If you want to be eligible for the campus rating, you must meet the campus deadline.
National Application Process
The national deadline is February 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST. All students must meet the campus deadline (posted above) in order to be eligible for a campus rating by the national deadline. Learn more about the Boren Scholarship, including details about the award, eligibility details, and the program preference process.