For the 2017-18 application cycle, the Boren Scholarships will again include a special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen. Boren Scholarships, which are also funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, provide up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
ROTC cadets and midshipmen are strong candidates for the Boren Scholarships due to their commitment to national security and government service. Past Project GO participants are even stronger because of their backgrounds in Boren Scholarships preferred languages.
During the period of a Boren Scholarship, ROTC students must be in an inactive, non-drilling status. ROTC students who participate generally complete their ROTC class and lab requirements before or after the Boren experience.
The Boren Scholarships application deadline is February 8, 2018. For more information about the Boren Awards, including the special initiative, please visit www.borenawards.org. There will also be a special webinar – The Boren Awards and ROTC - on Tuesday, November 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST. To register for this webinar click here.