Office of Academic Advising

Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The scholarship is for study abroad to study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili

The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security. For more information about this broad definition of national security, click here.

Maximum scholarship awards are:


Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are:

In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Application Years:

Sophomore Year
Junior Year
(Senior year is possible, please contact our office for details)


Skidmore Deadline-December 
See Dates and Deadlines page for details. 

Skidmore Contact:

The Office of Academic Advising   

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