Tips for Boren Scholarship Applicants
Tips from Chris Powers in the Boren scholarship office:
- emphasize year long
- emphasize commitment to year-long service
- -make a connection to national security (with a very BROAD definition of what that means)
Boren gives preference:
- Countries (most important)
- Length of study
- Commitment to government service (most important for undergrads)
- Field of study (least important for undergrads)
- Spell Check doesn't catch everything
- Don't want a short-story personal statement which begins "When I first".
- Answer specific questions.
- Do research before writing
- Focus on the country/language and its relation to your career goals and intended service
- Describe your program (courses, cultural, supporting study), language specifics (before, during, and after*)
- Make sure your VOICE is clear
- Address National Security in your essay. Not everything is related to terrorism! Write from your own perspective. It should relate to your academics
- They do not ask for a research paper (don't include footnotes and numerous quotes)!
- Not all analogies are good analogies
- Use the space provided but be concise