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Apply for a Boren Scholarship!

Apply for a Boren Scholarship!

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US Citizens) who want to study abroad in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.  Boren Scholarships for 2015-16 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and/or Spring 2016. You can learn more here: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html

The African Languages Initiative is one section of the Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship offers applicants special opportunities to begin or deepen their knowledge of, and proficiency in, African languages and cultures. Through the initiative Boren Scholars can study one of the following languages at the University of Florida’s summer 2014 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren Scholarship funded program: Akan/Twi, Swahili, Wolof, French, Portuguese and Zulu. In addition, African Languages Initiative overseas programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2014 in the following countries: Tanzania (Swahili), Mozambique (Portuguese), and Senegal (French). You can learn more about the Boren African Languages Initiative here: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/african_languages.html

To learn more about the Boren Scholarship and African Languages Initiative, contact Francis DuVinage at nsepboren@umd.edu. All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is JANUARY 23, 2015.