Scholarships for First-Year Students

Deadlines At A Glance

  • Boren Scholarship: Feb. 5, 2014
  • Critical Language Scholarship: Nov. 15, 2013
  • DAAD: Nov. - Feb. (varies by program)
  • Fulbright Summer Session: March, 2014
  • Gilman Scholarship: Oct. 1, 2013 (for spring 2014 study abroad), and March 2014 (for summer study abroad)

Scholarships and Fellowships


Boren Scholarship

Purpose: Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Eligible majors: Fields of study related to national security interest

Who can apply: Undergraduates/Graduates

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2014

Faculty advisor: Robert Givens, History


Critical Language Scholarship

Purpose: Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizens. 

Eligible majors: All majors

Who can apply: Undergraduates/Graduates

On-Campus deadline: November 15th, 2013

Faculty Advisor: Lynne Ikach, Modern and Classical Languages


DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program)

Purpose: Scholarships for study in Germany. Successful applicants may pursue an internship, independent study, master’s program, or undergraduate research.

Eligible majors: All majors

Who can apply: Undergraduates/Graduates

Deadline: Nov. – Feb. (varies by program)

Faculty advisor: Johanna Schuster-Craig, German


Fulbright Summer Session

Purpose: For U.S. undergraduates to follow a three-six week summer program at a world-class university or cultural institution in the United Kingdom. Each institute provides an immersive academic, cultural and social experience for American freshmen and sophomores who wish to deepen their knowledge of the U.K. and its diverse population while developing their communication, research and presentation skills.

Eligible majors: All majors

Who can apply: First-Year Students, Sophomores

Deadline: March, 2014

Faculty advisor: Robert Givens, History

Gilman International Scholarship

Purpose: The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded each year. The award must be used to defray study abroad costs, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.

Eligible majors: All majors

Who can apply: Undergraduates who receive a Federal Pell Grant or can provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. 

Deadline: Oct. 1 2013 (for spring 2014) and March 2014 for summer study abroad)

Faculty advisor: Kimberly Cullen, Coordinator of International and Off Campus Study