David L. Boren Awards Newsletter
Volume 5, Issue 1
September 2012 Newsletter

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The applications for Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Boren Fellowships for graduate students are currently available online

The Boren Scholarships application deadline is February 13, 2013.  Applicants should contact their campus representative about the earlier on-campus deadline, or check their campus representative’s information online to see the most up-to-date deadlines and events.

The Boren Fellowships application deadline is January 31, 2013.

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This fall, there will be a series of webinars for potential applicants and campus representatives.  Hear general information about the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, get an overview of the application, learn more about the service requirement, and find out how to make your essays more competitive.  You will not only receive great advice, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.  All you need is a computer and a headset or phone. 

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The African Languages Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs in Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. 

Although domestic funding is generally not available as part of the Boren Scholarship, supplemental funding is available for undergraduate students participating in this initiative.

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The African Languages Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren Fellowship applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs in Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu.

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All Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Applicants Must Address National Security in their Essays

The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.  Applicants for the Scholarship must explain the significance of their study abroad experience (including the region they selected, its culture, and the language they will study) to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  Fellowship applicants need to explain how their project, region, and language of study relate to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  So, as a potential applicant, how do you explain the relevance of your studies to U.S. national security?

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For the third consecutive year, there was a record number of applications for both the undergraduate Boren Scholarship and the graduate Boren Fellowship.  This year, 1014 undergraduate students applied for the Boren Scholarship and 161 were awarded, while 575 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 119 were awarded.  Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  They will study 39 different languages.  The most popular languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Swahili, Russian, Portuguese, and Japanese.

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Bowha Kang
2010 Boren Scholar
Korean, South Korea
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)
Accounting/International Business/Korean   

Aloha!  As a student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), I received a Boren Scholarship to spend the 2010-2011 academic year studying in South Korea.  As an undergraduate student, I pursued a concurrent degree in accounting, international business, and Korean language and had a strong desire to study abroad because it would allow me to fulfill a requirement for the Korean Language Flagship program at UHM.  The Korean Language Flagship program consists of a select few who are trained to use superior-level Korean language as professionals in their chosen occupational fields.  As part of the program’s coursework, I was required to take intensive Korean language and business courses as well as complete an internship at an organization in Korea.

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Benjamin Orbach
2002 Boren Fellow
Arabic, Jordan
Johns Hopkins University
International Studies
2008 Sol Linowitz Award for Outstanding Boren Fellows

At the time of the 9/11 attacks, I was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. I had just finished an intensive summer Arabic language program at Middlebury College and, the semester before, wrote my master’s thesis on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. I applied for a Boren Fellowship to continue my Arabic studies and to research a trade program between Jordan and the United States, but my real purpose was to seek answers to the questions we were all confronted with at the time. I wanted to spend time with ordinary people in the Arab World, to speak with them about what concerned them most, and to understand the best way forward for U.S. policy.

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