https://www.borenawards.org/scholarships/thinking-applying/special-initiatives/boren-scholarships-summer-initiative-stem-majors

National deadline: February 7, 2019 (2:00 p.m. PST)

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • High school graduate (or GED recipient)
  • Matriculation in an accredited undergraduate degree program in the U.S. (Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.)
  • Application to a study-abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. 
  • Science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) student

Award summary and conditions: Boren Scholarships are a special initiative for undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors. The scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum of 8 weeks) for students majoring in STEM fields. STEM field majors are also encouraged to apply for semester- and year-long programs offered by Boren.

Students applying for all Boren scholarships are expected to have a significant language component as part of their proposed study-abroad program. Although many STEM students choose study-abroad programs that offer courses in STEM fields, this element is not required. Study options include the following:

  • Language study only: Study-abroad program may focus entirely on language study.
  • Language study with academic coursework: Study-abroad program may include language study as well as other academic coursework. 
  • Language study with a STEM-related internship: All internships should be academic in nature, unpaid, and with a non-governmental organization. 

Note: Boren Scholarships fund the study of language and culture in a program of the applicant's choosing. Boren does not choose or recommend programs. Program selection is determined in consultation with Off-Campus Studies and other advisors.

Application process: online

Application requirements: Before starting the application, read "How to Apply" in the Study Abroad Program section of the Boren website.

  • Essays (2) 
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities where a degree was obtained 
  • Budget section
  • Letters of recommendation (2) 
  • Language self-assessment

The online application also requires a one-page description of the chosen study-abroad program. This may be a page from the program's website or part of the program brochure.

Campus representative: Keith Raether

Selection process: Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-to-late April.