Boren Scholarship Instructions & Timeline


  • Familiarize yourself with the Boren Awards website.  Thoroughly read the Boren Scholarship Program BasicsThinking of Applying,  What Makes a Competitive Application and How to Apply sections.
  • Watch the USC Boren Information Session Video
  • Choose where you want to study abroad and which study abroad program is the best for you
  • Reflect on national security, broadly defined and where you could see yourself fulfilling the one-year Boren Service Requirement after graduation
  • Talk to a faculty mentor about your ideas


  • Begin a Boren Scholarship Online Application 
    • On the “Eligibility and Basic Information” page, select University of Southern California as your current institution to register through USC
  • Read binder of successful essays by USC Boren recipients in STU 300 (No appointment needed)
  • Begin securing 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Watch Boren Scholarship Webinars regularly
  • Meet the USC Preferred Campus Deadline


  • Meet with AHF staff for advising appointment for feedback
  • Continue to work on your essay drafts – ask your faculty mentor and the The Writing Center for feedback
  • Give recommenders a copy of your statements so they have the tools to write a strong letter of support
  • Request a copy of your official transcript from the Office of Academic Records and Registrar Trojan Hall (TRO)


  • Meet the Final Campus Deadline
  • Participate in USC Boren Scholarship Campus interviews
  • Edit your application based on committee feedback


  • Boren Scholarship National Deadline: February 8, 2018


  • Boren Scholarship recipients notified