Civilian Incentives

Boren Awards

The David L. Boren Awards, which include undergraduate Scholarships and graduate Fellowships, focus on regions, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

The breakdown for Boren Scholars is as follows:

  • Up to $8,000 for a summer program
  • $10,000 for a semester program
  • Or, $20,000 for a full year program.

Boren Fellows, students applying to or enrolled in graduate school, can receive up to $30,000.

A number of regions and languages are given preference. Applications focusing on Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian are among the languages given preference.

The Boren Awards also come with a post-service requirement. Recipients agree to work for the federal government in the national security arena. Federal jobs are guaranteed after completion of service, and a job offer must be secured on your own.

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Military Incentives

ROTC Clip-B Language Payment

Clip-B will give you extra money ever semester you complete a Critical Language. ROTC cadets who sign a contract to enter the Army and choose to study Arabic, Pashto, Chinese-Mandarin, Korean, Persian-Farsi, Persian-Dari, Urdu, Indonesian, Swahili, or Hausa are eligible for the incentive pay.

Under this incentive pay, cadets will be paid for the months enrolled in a critical language course upon successful completion in the following amounts:

$100 a month for first-year level courses, $150 a month for second-year level courses, $200 a month for third-year level courses, and $250 a month for fourth-year level courses (maximum $3,000 over an academic year).

Project Go

Project GO programs focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and South America. Some of the benefits for the students include:

  • Receiving a fully funded scholarship for critical language study
  • Qualifying for language proficiency bonus pay
  • Opening pathways to career opportunities that require language and area studies
  • Earning university credits and fulfill language requirements

Military Language Pay

Under Army Resource 11-6, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian language students qualify under Payment List A. This includes between $200 - $400 extra pay per month, assuming you qualify as a 2, 2+, or 3 on the Defense Language Proficiency Test.

According to MILPER Message 08-114: D. IAW CHAPTER 6, FLPB (Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus) ENTITLEMENT IS NOT LIMITED TO LANGUAGE DEPENDENT SOLDIERS OR SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO A LANGUAGE CODED BILLET. ALL SOLDIERS ARE AUTHORIZED ENTITLEMENT TO FLPB IF THEY MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN AR 11-6 AND ARE PROFICIENT IN ONE OF THE LANGUAGES LISTED IN PAYMENT LIST “A”, “B”, OR “C”, AS LONG AS THE LANGUAGE IS NOT DESIGNATED AS A DOMINANT LANGUAGE.  (German and Spanish are considered dominant languages).

Now, if that sounds like a bunch of legal jargon, it means that you can and should be paid a Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus, even if you are an armor officer or are conducting infantry patrols.

Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency

CULP provides immersion into foreign cultures exposes Cadets to the realities that other countries have vastly different lifestyles, economic standing and world perspective.

Cadets travel in small groups led by senior leader cadre. Trips typically incorporate approximately 11 Cadets and a cadre member traveling in conjunction with a civilian agency or non-governmental agency.

CULP slots are awarded on a competitive basis and take into account several factors, such as GPA, physical fitness, language ability, and other pertinent selection criteria.

Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including host nation military-to-military exchange, humanitarian service, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country.