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    2019-2020 Boren Applicants

    Hey there everyone, long post incoming. I'm an Arabic general scholarship applicant and I've been monitoring this site for a couple weeks without an account but just created one to weigh in on the second budget email situation. To preface this, I come from a school where the last Boren recipient (for a fellowship, at that) was awarded 8 years ago, so I've pretty much been on my own and may have no idea of what I'm talking about. I have only received one budget email for my application, so I called the Boren office yesterday to do a little digging on the whole email debacle. I grilled the male staff member who seems to answer the phone every time I call, and asked him about the first email and why the wording of the initial budget email was vague and ambiguous, as it seemed to indicate that not all applicants were sent this email. He acknowledged that the letter could have been written better (and he said it would next year to avoid confusion) and assured me that all applicants were sent this email, regardless of standing or any matter like that. I asked him about the second email and he was more vague in the sense that perhaps there was something that the board wanted to clarify, and said that it was not necessarily a sign that the applicant had moved past some round. I'm not convinced that Boren would just change the email protocol, but I could be wrong. I think it's been established that we have seen a trend that the Flagship students receiving a budget email. For those of you that are in the Flagship Initiative, do the applicants who have received Boren in the past use the same program/institution year after year? I'm willing to wager that a Flagship application stands a much better chance to be selected versus a general application--therefore the Flagship program may have multiple recipients each year so the current applicant might know how the previous awardee set up their program. If that is the case, then it would stand to reason that the Flagship Initiative has a relationship with one or more specific institutions in the particular region. This would make me think that the program cost/budget would be relatively fixed and there would be less of a need for a second email to clarify the budget details that the Boren review board may or may not have seen before. But then again, I'm not a Flagship applicant so I'm not 100% sure. I guess all of this is to say: I think it makes sense the Flagship applicants have received a second email, which I think is the unofficial go-ahead as we have seen in the past seasons. Flagship, after all, is a component of NSEP and I think that they would be more competitive for Boren right off the bat. I think that this forum represents a very small percentage of the total number of applicants, so it would not be out of the realm of possibility that all of us general applicants that did not receive the second email (if there is one) on the forum just simply may not have made the cut--I don't think that we should see a lack of second budget emails for this specific thread as a sign that Boren stopped this behavior this year. Love this, hate this, I really don't care. Comment some productive thoughts, or roast me if that's your style. Also, no I'm not a pessimist, just a realist. Good luck y'all
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