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Scholarship Spotlight: Boren Scholarship

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Robyn Stewart

Written by Robyn Stewarton September 14th, 2020

Prior to joining College Coach, I was a financial aid officer at the College of the Holy Cross and an education advisor at two TRIO program locations. I work with the Massachusetts Education Finance Authority (MEFA) to present paying for college workshops to hundreds of families across the state. I'm a graduate of UMass Amherst and have a master in counseling from Northeastern University.
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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 Amount:
  • $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 Website: www.borenawards.org/application-instructions-boren-scholarships Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements. Determine the Best Way to Pay for College

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