International studies and economics major Carlos Sanchez Julia was determined to find a way to study abroad before he graduated. Now, the South Carolina Honors College junior is traveling to Brazil as the University of South Carolina’s most recent Boren Scholar.
Sanchez Julia, who was also recently named a Gilman Scholar, combined funding from these two national awards to support a semester abroad studying Portuguese language as well as the history, cultural and sociopolitical climate of Brazil.
Why it matters: This year, only 10 students nationwide received Boren scholarships to study Portuguese. For Sanchez Julia, this award not only makes study abroad financially accessible—it also allows him to explore future careers in international relations.
What it offers: The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship provides funding to study less-commonly taught languages while living in countries outside of the U.S. and western Europe. Upon graduation, scholars work for a year with a federal agency, utilizing the skills they’ve learned.
Sanchez Julia plans to spend that year with the Peace Corps to gain a more hands-on understanding of sustainable international development.
“Being named a Boren Scholar is truly an honor,” he says. “For my hard work and aspirations to be recognized all while granting me an incredible opportunity for personal and academic growth means a lot.”
Learn more: Students interested in applying for the Boren Scholarship or other external funding opportunities are encouraged to review our guide to getting started in national fellowships.