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National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarships

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This federal aid program is managed by:



(1) To equip Americans with an understanding of less commonly taught languages and cultures; (2) to build a critical base of future leaders both in the marketplace and in government service; (3) to develop a cadre of professionals with more than the traditional knowledge of language and culture; and (4) to enhance institutional capacity and increase the number of faculty who can educate U.S. citizens toward achieving these goals.

Funding obligations:

(Undergraduate Scholarships) FY 07 est $2,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Scholarship awards are given to degree-seeking undergraduate U.S. citizens enrolled in academic and professional programs at U.S. institutions of higher education. All NSEP scholarship recipients agree to seek employment in the federal government, and serve for a period of time equal to the length of the award but no less than one year.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Sophomore international relations major and Southeast Asia area studies minor from Loyola University Chicago learned Hindi in Udaipur, India on a University of Minnesota international development program. Junior political science major from the University of Illinois at Chicago studied Arabic at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

Program Accomplishments:

Since 1996, NSEP has awarded Boren Scholarships to nearly 2000 U.S. citizens from all 50 States and the District of Columbia. These scholarships have enabled the study of over 63 less-commonly taught languages in 68 less-commonly studied countries and world regions.

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Award amounts are based on the study abroad costs and financial aid information provided by the applicant. The maximum award is $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, or $20,000 for a full academic year. Scholarship support can be for no less than eight (8) weeks, and no more than twelve (12) months. Average awards are approximately $10,000 per scholar.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Eligible students may receive Boren Scholarships for no more than twelve (12) months.

Applicant Eligibility:

Any U.S. citizen enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year public or private U.S. institution of higher education (defined in Section 1201(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1141(a) is eligible to apply for an undergraduate scholarship. Students enrolled in Federal government schools are not eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

U.S. students enrolled in public or private two- or four-year accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.

Award Procedure:

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Ms. Stacia Falat, National Defense University, National Security Education Program, Rosslyn P.O. Box 20010, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1210, Arlington, VA 22209-2248. Telephone: (703)696-1991, E-Mail: or Mr. Christopher Powers, Institute of International Education, NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship Program, 1400 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005-2403. Telephone: (800)618-6737, E-mail:

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