Scholarship Search: Boren Scholarship

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Boren Scholars are highly motivated learners with sights set on a career in the area of national security. This competitive scholarship offers students the chance to secure funding for study abroad opportunities that focus on learning languages around the world.

Scholarship: Boren Scholarship

Awarding Organization: National Security Education Program


  • $8,000 for summer study (STEM only)
  • $12,500 for a one-semester program
  • $25,000 for a 6-12 month program

Eligible Students: Undergraduate U.S. citizens planning a study abroad program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand

How to Apply: Contact your Boren campus representative (a contact list is available on the website). Complete the online application, including two essays. Applicants are also required to provide a one-page summary of their chosen study abroad program and complete a language skills self-assessment. Winners must commit to work for the federal government, in the national security arena, after graduation.

Deadline: February 3


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.