Educational grants help students complete higher education programs of their choice. The number of American students studying abroad increased by 8% in the 2006/07 academic year, according to an Open Doors report published by the Institute of International Education. National security has become a subject which many American students want to study about. Students look for non-traditional destinations when studying abroad. The Boren scholarships have been providing student grants up to $20,000 to study abroad.
Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the focus is on geographical area, language, and education which would be critical to national security. Educational grants are given to study world regions including Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Eurasia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Aim of The Study: The applicant must identify how their study program, future academic and career goals will contribute to U.S. national security. Issues that have been identified are sustainable development, global disease and hunger, economic competitiveness, environmental degradation, and population growth and migration. The grants encourage U.S. students to study foreign languages, research and pursue academic internships.
Eligibility: American undergraduate students can apply to study in countries critical to the future security of the country in exchange of commitment to seek work in the federal government. Study Details: The maximum awards are $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. Encouragement is offered to apply for two or more semesters and preference for these educational grants is given to undergraduate applicants applying for full-year academic study. Summer-only programs, over eight weeks are considered for students of science, technology, mathematic, and engineering.
How to Apply: Applications can be submitted online and dates are mentioned on their website www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/how_apply.html. For example, the national application deadline in 2009 was February 11. You need to fill in a form and submit it with letters of reference and official transcripts from school, college and university attended. Consulting with Boren campus representatives about deadlines and other requirements is crucial to your success. A description of the program has to be attached with cost details. This is important as it is the justification you submit for educational grants for studying abroad. Include the region you selected, its culture, and language. The materials could also be sent to the institution.
Orientation is provided to those who get these scholarships. It is important to know much more about our own country, about staying in the country you selected, and other details. This is provided in their orientation manual. Successful applicants have completed programs in various places. Some have opted for political science in Japan, others for communications in Egypt. Many have opted for two semester-long programs. These educational grants are guided by a mission to educate U.S. citizens understand foreign cultures and enhance international cooperation and security.
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