Scholarships for Students from Maryland


Scholarships for Students from Maryland

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Scholarships and grants are excellent sources of money to help you pay for college, and they’re especially great because they don’t have to be repaid (unlike student loans). Although you have to find the awards for which you are eligible and spend time applying, the effort is well worth the reward. If you live in Maryland, we’ve done some of the work for you. Here are some scholarship awards that are available to residents of the Old Line State.

State-funded scholarships for students from Maryland:

Delegate Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $11,530
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Delegate Scholarship is available to current high school students as well as part- or full-time undergraduate and graduate students and students attending a private career school. Students may apply by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then contacting their legislator or the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Students receiving awards from the Office of Student Financial Assistance must demonstrate financial need. Awards are not automatically renewed; students must reapply each year.

Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: July 15, 2018

This scholarship is available to students with a family member who was injured or killed while serving their community or country, including:

  • Children, stepchildren, and surviving spouses of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who died as a result of their military service
  • Children, stepchildren, and surviving spouses of veterans with at least 25% disability as a result of their service in the U.S. Armed Forces and who are no longer eligible for federal military educational benefits or a veteran with at least 25% disability who is no longer eligible for federal military educational benefits
  • Children, stepchildren, and surviving spouses of individuals who died in or as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Children of individuals taken as prisoners of war or individuals who went missing in action during the Vietnam War
  • Children, stepchildren, and surviving spouses of state or local public safety workers who died or became 100% disabled in the line of duty or a state or local public safety worker who became 100% disabled in the line of duty
  • Children, stepchildren, and surviving spouses of school employees who died or became 100% disabled due to an act of violence that occurred at their place of work

The award is open to full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in two- or four-year institutions in Maryland and students attending a private career school. Students should contact their school’s financial aid office for application information.

Guaranteed Access Partnership Program

Award Amount: Up to $17,900
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5

This award is available to recipients of the Guaranteed Access Grant (below) who are attending one of the following institutions: Capitol Technology University, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Stevenson University, St. John’s College, Washington Adventist University, or Washington College. The award matches the amount of a student’s Guaranteed Access Grant. Students must complete the FAFSA, the Guaranteed Access Grant application, and an institutional application for aid. More information can be found at your school’s financial aid office.

Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant

Award Amount: Up to $3,000
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Current high school seniors and full-time undergraduate students with financial need can apply for this grant. Students apply by submitting the FAFSA. Not all students are guaranteed an award, however, as distribution of funds is based on availability. Students with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) as determined by the FAFSA will receive top priority. You may apply for this grant each year of your undergraduate studies, provided you maintain full-time enrollment.

Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant

Award Amount: Up to $17,900
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5

The Guaranteed Access Grant is open to current high school students who will complete a college preparatory program and individuals who already completed high school and are able to provide documentation detailing why they were not able to attend college within one year of high school graduation. Students must maintain a high school GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need (defined as family income within 130% of the poverty level). Recipients of the award must enroll full time at a participating two- or four-year institution in Maryland. Apply by submitting the FAFSA and the Guaranteed Access Grant application. The award may be renewed for up to four years, provided students maintain full-time enrollment. March 1 is the priority deadline each year, but funds will be disbursed after this date if they are still available.

Jack F. Tolbert Memorial Student Grant Program

Award Amount: $500
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

This award is given to students with financial need who currently attend or plan to attend a private career school. Recipients must enroll for at least 18 hours weekly. To apply, submit the FAFSA by March 1 and contact your school’s financial aid office to learn whether there are additional application requirements. This award may be renewed once.

Senatorial Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $11,530
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Senatorial Scholarship is awarded by state legislators (or, if they choose not to disburse their own awards, by the Office of Student Financial Assistance). The award is available to current high school seniors, part- and full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and students attending a private career school who can demonstrate financial need. Students must first apply via the FAFSA and then contact their senator or the Office of Student Financial Assistance (which can provide a list of all state legislators). Some awards automatically renew each year—up to four years for full-time students or eight years for part-time students. Check with your senator or the Office of Student Financial Assistance to determine whether your award is renewable.

Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG)

Award Amount: Up to $4,000
Application Deadline: July 1, 2018

This grant is available to high school seniors and full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing (or planning to pursue) certain majors: child development, education, human services, nursing, physical or occupational therapy, social work, or public service. To apply, submit the WSSAG application online; the FAFSA is not required, but is used to determine a student’s need and the order in which awards are given. Applicants are ranked based on their GPA and their level of financial need, and students with the greatest need within their GPA range are awarded first. Recipients will be required to fulfill a service commitment.

Privately-funded scholarships for Maryland residents:

Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000
Application Deadline: February 25, 2019
Essay: Yes

This scholarship honors Cynthia Morgan, a well-loved mother and grandmother who died of stomach cancer in 2004. Applicants must be first-generation college students who are in their junior or senior year of high school or currently attending a Maryland postsecondary institution. Students must plan to pursue a medicine-related degree. To apply, complete the online scholarship application and submit a one-page essay on “your goals and aspirations as they relate to your education, career, and future plans.”

Letitia B. Carter Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $2,000
Minimum GPA Required: 3.0

This scholarship is available to high school seniors and college students who are interested in pursuing hospitality as their career after college. Current students must show that they’ve completed at least 400 hours of experience in the hospitality industry. Keep an eye on the provider’s website for next year’s application!

VMDAEC Education Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000
Essay: Yes

This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors whose primary residence (or that of their parent or guardian) receives power from an electric utility that is part of the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. Students will be required to submit their most recent electric bill, as well as their high school transcript, a copy of their SAT or ACT scores, and a one-page essay detailing why the student deserves a scholarship. Decisions are based on financial need, academic achievement, and the student’s personal statement. This year’s deadline has passed, but be on the lookout for the 2019 application.

This list of scholarships is a great jumping off point for students from Maryland. To maximize your savings, do your own scholarship search including your interests and achievements. There are scholarships available for almost anything, just waiting to be found. Happy searching!


About Hannah Holley

Hannah earned a BS in Psychology from the College of Charleston, and an MA in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and worked as a therapist for children with special needs for more than five years, but now spends most of her time keeping up with her own toddler. In between playing cars and picking up after her tiny human tornado, she loves to try new recipes, take photographs, and re-watch episodes of "Parks and Recreation" for the 10th time. Hannah lives in Charleston, SC.

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