Boren Scholarship Statement of Purpose Guidelines
The Statement of Purpose, Parts I & II, is the most important part of the application and gives you an opportunity to present a rationale for studying abroad and to describe your proposed program. Statements of Purpose should be no more than 6,000 characters each, not including spaces. Statements of Purpose should be single-spaced, except when spaces separate paragraphs. In preparing the statement, you should consider the following guidelines:
Part I: Rationale
- Explain the significance of your proposed study abroad experience (including the region you selected, its culture, and the language you will study) to U.S. national security, broadly defined.
- Describe how the country, language, and study abroad program you selected will help you achieve your academic and career goals, including your plans to fulfill the service requirement.
Part II: Study Abroad Program Description (both the preferred program and alternate, if applicable)
- Describe the study abroad program’s course of study and related cultural activities, as well as the administrative and support services provided (i.e., facilities, housing, resident director, etc.).
- Describe the language component in as much detail as possible, including the number of classroom contact hours and informal language study opportunities outside of the classroom.
- Describe your past experience in studying or speaking the language (or another language if relevant), as well as your plans for continuing to study and/or speak the language following your Boren Scholarship.