The University of Illinois will be hosting informational sessions on National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Thursday, December 5 from 3:30-4:30 and on Friday, December 6 from 3:30-4:30 in room 514, 807 S. Wright Street. On Thursday, participants will receive information about the program and converse with an Illinois alumni recipient. On Friday, we will be providing tips in a workshop format on filling out competitive applications. The campus application deadline is January 21, 2014 for any semester or year of study between May 2014 and May 2015. Students are encouraged to begin application drafts prior to leaving for winter break.
The Boren provides study abroad scholarships of $6,000-$20,000 for a full academic year or $4,000-$10,000 for a semester. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students also have the option of applying for summer-only programs of eight weeks or more. All scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on almost any study abroad program. These are merit-based scholarships (approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants receive awards). In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security—generally the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Working for USAID or tenure in the Peace Corps counts in the service requirement. Winners also receive priority-hiring status. Further information is available at: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/nsep.html
Please direct questions to David Schug on the fifth floor, Illini Union Bookstore, 807 South Wright Street or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.