Scholarships are funds that, normally, do not need to be repaid. Many scholarships, though, may require that the student study or work in a specific field, maintain a minimum GPA, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and even submit an essay. Please be sure to review all requirements for applying for the scholarship, how to renew the scholarship (if necessary), and conditions for receiving the funds. Don t forget to check with local organizations for scholarships such as volunteer and civic organizations, honor societies/school clubs, employers (student and parent), businesses, place of worship, and your local library.
The key to applying for a variety of scholarships is to APPLY EARLY! You should begin to inquire about scholarship applications for a fall semester (September) as early as January-March. For many scholarships, funds are limited and may only be awarded on a first come/first served basis. If you are beginning in a Spring semester, scholarship opportunities will be very limited as most scholarships are awarded for a full academic year.
UMES has several institutional scholarship opportunities. Most of the academic based scholarships (determined by major, GPA, and/or student involvement) are awarded through an academic department or specific organization. You can review Institutional Scholarships for a listing of some of UMES's available scholarships. Although we regularly update this listing, we also recommend that you, the student, directly contact your departments/organizations to get more information.
You also want to read the weekly UMES Campus News and Announcements (send via campus email), as scholarship opportunities can be advertised there as well.
External Scholarships (non-UMES)
Disclaimer: Many of the following web sites will collect personal information that is used to identify your eligibility for scholarships. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is not responsible for how these organizations will use that data.
Scholarship Search Sites
The following are links to several websites that provide FREE scholarship searches!!! Remember, if a scholarship search site charges you money to find scholarships, it is probably not a legitimate site.
Individual Scholarship Sites
The Sallie Mae Fund
Adventures In Education (AIE)
Student Inventors Scholarships
Student Film/Book/Television Scholarships
Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships
Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships
Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
Brand Essay Competition
Xerox Scholarships for Minority Students
Sports Scholarships and Internships
National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)
Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences)
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
Presidential Freedom Scholarships
Microsoft Scholarship Program
American Political Science (and related fields) Scholarships for Minority Undergradate and GraduateStudents
National Academy of American Scholars
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
International Students Scholarships & Aid Help
Burger King Scholarship Program
Siemens-Westinghouse Competition (parent must be an employee of Siemens-Westinghouse)
GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds (for hispanic students)
Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways from Black Excel (for minorities)
NAACP (for African American students)
ScienceNet Scholarship Listing
The Roothbert Scholarship Fund
The Power Of Pink (P.O.P.) Book Scholarship (click HERE for 2013-2014 application)
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (for students studying abroad-need based)
Scholarships for Maryland Residents
http://mdelect.net (find out who are your senators/deleg)
Scholarships for Incoming Freshman
http://www.gmsp.org (Gates Millennium Scholars-minority)
Washington Metropolitan Area UMES Alumni Chapter
(applications due May 31st for upcoming Fall)
Scholarships for Military Active Duty/Veterans and their families
http://www.awfdn.org/programs/legacyscholarships.shtml (women who served in the Army)