Information on colleges and the cost of a college education
- Here's a great resource for affordable colleges in Maryland. The site also has info on affordable colleges in other states and a wealth of information on the FAFSA, financial aid and other imortant topics. Affordable Colleges in Maryland.
- For information on affordable colleges in all states, and on general financial aid, see http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/.
- Here is a link to a database of colleges in Maryland. The Online College Database provides future post-secondary students with the information they need (at no cost) to make informed decisions about where to attend college.http://www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/online-colleges-in-maryland/
- Here is a link to what one organization found to be the most cost-effective online colleges: http://www.edudemic.com/affordable-online-colleges/
- Guide to financial aid for students with disabilities http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-students-with-disabilities/
- Sholarships for students studying finance: http://www.thebestcolleges.org/scholarships/finance/
List of scholarships.
See the links at the bottom of this page for sites that help you find scholarships. CAUTION, do not pay an organization to find you a scholarship. These generally are scams and you should be able to find applicable scholarships on the web on your own. Any listed as www.smcbeca.org are due on March 1, 2016.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – www.FAFSA.gov This is your starting point.
This is the starting point to provide and summarize family financial information that will be required for many scholarship applications. Go on line in December to establish your account and passwords. The submitted on-line form must show complete 2015 information so cannot be filed until after Jan 1, 2016. You should file by February 15 to meet Maryland's March 1, 2016 absolute filing deadline to be eligible for aid from the state of Maryland. If you miss this deadline you will not get state aid. Be sure to use “.gov” in the address. Other sites will allow you to file the FAFSA but may charge your for it.
Deadline: file by Feb. 15 to be considered for money in Maryland
- CA|CH|SM below refers to your county of residence, Calvert/Charles/St. Mary's. If your county is listed, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Please be sure to verify any information below before applying. Scholarship information changes constantly and BECA cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information below.
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- At the end of the scholarships listed, you will find information on Service Academies and a list of websites with information on scholarships and financial aid.
CA|CH|SM Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants – www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships
Available to juniors and seniors. Essay must be filed on line. .
CA|CH|SM AES Engineers Scholarship - http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
Various scholarships available to graduating seniors and current college students based on character as determined by application essay.
CA|--|SM Alpha Beta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Frances Lancaster Grant for Teacher Education – www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicant must demonstrate minimum 3.0 (85%) GPA with plans to pursue a teaching degree.
Amount: $500 renewable
CA|CH|SM Alpha Phi Aloha Fraternity Donald M. Wade Memorial Scholarship, $1000. NEW LISTING Feb. 2015.
The Foundation awards scholarships based on the student’s academics, community service,
and a demonstrated commitment to excel at the collegiate level. Scholarships will be
awarded to students scheduled to attend either a two-year or four-year institution.
CA|CH|SM American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), Southern Maryland Chapter: www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must be a graduating senior, with plans to enter a field of study in business or financial management, business administration, economics, public administration, accounting, or related field. Applicant must demonstrate acceptance to college. Essay required and interview may be required.
Award: $500 Deadline: determined by local chapter of ASMC
--|--|SM Ann Houston Green Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org (c/o Lexington Park Rotary Club)
Applicant must show academic excellence, and have demonstrated talent in vocal or instrumental music; must intend to major in music or music education. Essay required.
CA|CH|SM Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Scholarship Program: www.afcea.org/scholarships
Graduating senior with 3.0 or higher GPA, planning to pursue further education in electronics, engineering, communications, math, computers or STEM.
discipline. Applicant must demonstrate extracurricular or community activities.
STEM scholarship applicants need 3.4 GPA and compete for an unspecified award. Deadline for application is 5-1-14.
STEM Teacher scholarships are worth $5000. Deadline for applications is 4-1-14.
Other awards are listed on the website.
CA|CH|SM B. Davis Scholarship – www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships
Available to high school juniors and seniors as well as current college students. This award is offered by the website to students who visit it. Essay required on topic listed on the webpage.
CA|CH|SM Big Sun Scholarship – www.bigsunathletics.com
All student athletes are eligible to submit an on-line application. Applicant must also be a high school senior or current college undergraduate. Essay topic is available on line and must be submitted on line. Multiple awards are available.
CA|CH|SM Buick Achievers Scholarship Program – www.buickachievers.com
For candidates planning to major in technology, engineering, design or business at a 4 year university. Must demonstrate interest in automotive or related industry. Multiple awards available.
Award: $2000 - $25,000
--|--|SM Business, Education, and Community Alliance Inc. (BECA) - www.smcbeca.org/students
Applicant must be a graduating senior, must have minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and plan to enroll in accredited technical or trade school, community college, college, or university for the coming school year. Children of BECA reps are ineligible. Several scholarships are available.
CA|CH|SM Capitol College Merit Scholarships – www.capitol-college.edu
Merit scholarships are available to students based on GPA and SAT scores. See the merit scholarship grid on the website. There is a 50% tuition cut for all business students. Application period is March 1 – 31.
Amount: see website
CA|CH|SM Carson Scholars Program – carsonscholars.org
Students grades 4 – 11 are eligible to apply. Must excel academically and be dedicated to serving their community. Student must be nominated by their school, have 3.75 GPA, and display humanitarian qualities. Recipients can reapply annually. Amount: $1000 Deadline: early March
CA|CH|SM Cedar Point Federal Credit Union: www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must be a graduating senior who is a member or eligible for membership in Cedar Point Federal Credit Union with cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Several scholarships are available.
Amount: $500 - $1000 non-renewable
--|--|SM Charlotte Hall Fellows Scholarship: www.smcm.edu/academic services/ or see your Career Center Advisor
Applicant must be entering senior year. Selection based on academic record, SAT’s, written expression and references.
Award: Tuition for up to 4 credits at SMCM in spring semester Deadline: see your Career Center Advisor
--|--|SM Charlotee Hall Rotary Scholarship: www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicant must be graduating from Chopticon High School. A second essay is required in addition to the essay included with the BECA application.
Award: $1000 (2 awards)
CA|CH|SM Coca Cola Scholars Foundation - coca-colascholars.org/cokeWeb
Selection based on several factors including minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, character, background, and personal merit (including leadership in school, civic, and extracurricular activities. Application available on website.
Amount: $2500 - $5000, renewable Deadline: October 31
CA|CH|SM CSM STEM Scholarship – www.csmd.edu/istem/scholarship
Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need, have minimum 3.0 GPA, enroll full time in a science, technology, engineering, or math degree program at CSM, and be eligible to place into regular (not remedial) English and Math on CSM placement test. Recipient will receive mentoring and possibly summer employment in a field-related environment.
Award: up to $5000/year for up to 2 years Deadline: mid-May
CA|CH|SM Colonial Agriculture Educational Foundation, Inc. – www.colonialfarmcredit.com/scholarships
Applicant must be a high school senior pursuing further education, especially agriculture-related field. Selection will be based on scholastic ability, leadership qualities, financial need, and educational goals.
Amount: $1000 Deadline: on-line application available in the fall
CA|CH|SM Diabetes Scholars Foundation: www.DiabetesScholars.org
Various awards for students with Type 1 diabetes who plan to attend college. Requires an essay, verification of diabetes by a physician, and mail-in application.
Award: $1,000 - $5,000
CA|CH|SM College Board Scholarship Search: www.collegeboard.org Search “grants and Scholarships” under college planning
Search will take you to a list of available scholarships
Two scholarships available to graduating seniors who wish to pursue a career in education. Application requires two letters of recommendation and a transcript. Applicant must plan to attend school within Maryland and must be able to demonstrate participation in school/community activities as well as scholastic achievement. Essay required.
CA|CH|SM Delta Sigma Theta/Elvear B. Johnson PhD. Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Available from a tri-county public service sorority. Requires 3.0 GPA, active involvement in community or extracurricular activities, plan to attend full time in the fall at a four-year college or university with plans to study in the area of education. Applicant must provide a completed application, transcript, SAT/ACT scores, two letters of recommendation,
photo, and one-page essay.
Award: $500 (one award per county)
CA|CH|SM Desert Storm Veterans Association – www.desertstormvets.org
Applicant must be family member of soldier from US Army Corps VII who died, became ill or served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm or Provide Comfort who plans to pursue post-secondary education. Applicant will be considered on academic excellence as well as extracurricular activities including employment and service.
Amount: $1000 to $5000
Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Black History Coalition. Two awards for graduating seniors planning to attend any institution of higher learning in the fall after graduation. Minimum 3.0 GPA, involvement in school activities, community service, athletics or employment. Must be US citizen. Application includes an essay, proof of college acceptance, and transcript.
Amount: $500 (two awards) Deadline: early February
--|--|SM Doris Darrah Mathematics Education Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Available to students pursuing a degree in mathematics education. Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Essay is required as part of the application.
CA|CH|SM Dwight P. Jacobus Scholarships – www.asbo.org/awards
Applicants must plan to enroll in accredited college or university within Maryland or DC and pursue a career in business or teacher certification. Minimum 2.0 GPA.
Amount: $1000, renewable (4 awards) Deadline: March 1
CA|CH|SM Educational Systems Federal Credit Union Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, under 21 years of age, and a member of the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. Essay is required as part of the application.
Amount: $3000 (several awards)
CA|CH|SM Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program/Most Valuable Student Award – www.elks.org/enf/scholars
Applicant must be a graduating senior and a US citizen. Must be accepted to an accredited college or university. Applications will be judged on scholarship , leadership and financial need . An essay is required.
Amount: $1000 - $15,000 per year; Awards are renewable upon meeting requirements. Deadline:
--|--|SM Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. (St. Mary’s County Scholarship Fund) – www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must be an African American resident of St. Mary’s County who plans to enroll full time in a post secondary institution during the year of the grant. No specific religious affiliation is required. Must provide transcript, SAT scores, and three references.
Amount: up to $2000
CA|CH|SM Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 93 – www.fra.org/myfra/scholarships
Selection based on financial need, academic standing , character and leadership. Other scholarships are offered through the website. Search scholarships.
Amount: varies up to $5,000 Deadline: mid-April
--|--|SM Floyd Raley College Scholarship –www.smcbeca.org
Scholarship is available to a graduating senior planning to pursue a degree in agriculture or agriculture-related field of study. Essay required. Interview may be required at the discretion of the selection committee.
CA|CH|SM Gates Millennium Scholars – www.gmsp.org/publicweb/faq.aspx
Applicant must be a US Citizen or permanent resident with a 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale. Unrestricted in terms of major or area of study. Applicant must be of international heritage such as African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Americans (Filipinos, Chinese, Korean, South Asians, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Hmong) or Hispanic Americans and demonstrate significant financial need.
Amount: Based on financial need of the recipient Deadline: mid January
CA|CH|SM GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program – www.scholarshipamerica.org/ge-reagan
Applicant must possess a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a US Citizen, demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship, provide evidence of financial need, and plan to enroll full time in a 4-year college or university. Apply on line after October 15.
Amount: $10,000 renewable Deadline: early January or when 25,000 applications are received
--|--|SM Greg Clarke Aviation Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Available to GMHS graduates who intend to pursue a career in aviation or the military, or a degree in business, management, economics or engineering. Applicant must have 2.5 or higher GPA.
CA|CH|SM Harvard University Tuition Waiver – (617) 495-1581; www.fao.fas.harvard.edu
Undergraduate students from families earning under $65,000 per year who are eligible for admission to Harvard will pay no tuition. Undergraduate students whose families earn between $65,000 and $80,000 receive reduced fees. See Harvard University website financial aid section.
CA|CH|SM Herbert Lehman Scholarships – NAACPldf.org/herbert-lehman-fund-scholarship
For minority students entering desegregated 4-year public institutions. Awards are based on academic records, good character, and community and school involvement. Application must be completed on line. Essay required. Candidate must demonstrate leadership potential and capacity to work well in diverse settings.
Amount: $2000, renewable Deadline: Application available after November 1 and submitted by March 31
--|--|SM Hollywood Elementary School PTA/Retired Teacher Scholarship - www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must be a student who is interested in a teaching career. Applicant must have attended Hollywood Elementary School.
CA|CH|SM Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program – www.horatioalger.org/scholarships
Various awards available to high school seniors. Must be US Citizen with minimum 2.0 GPA who can demonstrate critical financial need and who demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity . Must be planning to attend accredited college or university. Need to show involvement in school and community activities. On line application form. Essay required.
Amount: $20,000 (106 awards) Deadline: late October
CA|CH|SM Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award - www.jackierobinson.org/apply
Applicant must be a minority graduating senior accepted to a four year college or university. Applicant must demonstrate leadership potential, academic achievement, financial need, community service, and SAT or ACT scores. Application available on line on October 15.
Amount: Up to $6000, renewable
CA|CH|SM Junior Achievement Essay Competition - www.myJA.org/students/essay
Competition open to students in grades 9 – 12. Essay topic is available on website
Amount: $600 -$10,000 Deadline: October 31
CA|CH|SM Kids Chance of Maryland, Inc. Scholarship Program - 410- 832-4702; www.kidschance-md.org
Applicant must be a Maryland resident age 16 – 25, have had a parent permanently or catastrophically injured or killed in an employment-related accident compensable under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act and plan to attend post secondary education.
Amount: Varies depending on the needs and educational expenses of the student. College scholarships cover tuition and books but may also include room and board.
Amount: Varies; renewable each semester Deadline: ongoing
CA|CH|SM Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program – www.kohl’scorporation.com/communityrelations
Students age 6 – 18 must be nominated on form indicating how the student has contributed to the community in a meaningful way. Store winner receives $50 gift card and the entry is submitted for regional awards. See website for further information.
Award: Regional award is $1000 Deadline: apply between Feb. 1 and March 15
--|--|SM Leonardtown Lions Club, Raymond Stone Memorial Awards – www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicant must be graduating senior attending the JA Forrest Career and Technology Center with minimum 2.5 GPA. Funds may be used for post secondary education or purchase of tools or equipment for entry into a technical career. Essay is needed in addition to the essay required with the application.
Award: $1125 (4 awards)
--|--|SM Leonardtown Rotary Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicant needs a minimum 3.0 GPA. Essay is needed in addition to the essay required with the application.
Award: $1000, renewable
--|--|SM Lettie Marshall Dent Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
For teacher education. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarship recipients must agree to teach in St. Mary’s County. Sponsored by St. Mary’s County Council of PTA’s. Essay required.
Amount: $500 (one award per high school) D
--|--|SM Lexington Park Lions Club – www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must attend Great Mills High School, possess minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate a record of community service and an interest in helping people. Award must be used at 2- or 4-year college.
CA|CH|SM Lillian Medas Scholarship – www.ptplayers.com/membership/scholarships
For excellence in the performing arts and community service. Minimum 3.0 GPA. To be used toward college or university expenses.
Amount: $750 (2 awards) Deadline: May 1
CA|CH|SM MAHPERD Scholarship Program: www.mahperd.org/GrantsScholarships
Available to graduating seniors going into field of teacher preparation for dance, health, physical education or recreation. Application requires minimum 2.5 GPA and three letters or recommendation.
Award: $1000 (2 awards) Deadline: early April
--|--|SM Margaret Brent High School Alumni Association Scholarship Program
Scholarship Committee, P. O. Box 22, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 or 301-884-4635
Applicant must be a direct descendant of a former student of Margaret Brent High School (attended 1931 – 1965)
Amount: $1500 Deadline: March 31
CA|CH|SM Marine Corps Aviation Association – John Glenn Squadron Scholarship: www.smcbeca.org
Applicants must be planning to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Candidates need to demonstrate interest in a career in Naval aviation and/or the defense industry. Requires an essay. Several awards.
Award: up to $6000
CA|CH|SM Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS) – www.mapccs.org
For high school seniors planning on post-secondary education. Application includes a transcript, two letters of recommendation and the application form to be sent to your chosen career schools by the application deadline. List of the approved colleges and career schools is included on the website.
Award: varies Deadline: early April
CA|CH|SM Maryland Association of Automobile Dealers Foundation http://www.madafoundation.org/scholarship_opportunity.html
This organization received few applications last year. You must be sponsored by a dealership that is a member of this association. $2500, renewable.
CA|CH|SM Maryland PTA Scholarship Fund - 410-760-6221; www.mdpta.org/forms
Applicant must have interest in and potential for a career in education, financial need, character, and academic record (minimum 2.75 GPA).
Amount: Minimum of $500 per year Deadline: mid-March
CA|CH|SM Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association (MRMCA) – 301-694-4899
Scholarship to be awarded to a student planning to study concrete or construction management or a related field in community college or university. Successful applicant must be eligible for college admission, and be active in high school or community activities.
Award: up to $2000 Deadline: May 1
CA|CH|SM Maryland Sheep Breeders Association Scholarship: www.marylandsheepbreeders.org/scholarship
Applicant must be current senior planning to attend college. Any discipline will be considered with preference given to applicant pursuing a degree in some area of agriculture. Essay and recommendations required along with community service, leadership, and good academic record. Parent/guardian must be a member of MSBA.
Amount: $500 Deadline: June 1
CA|CH|SM Maryland State Financial Assistance Programs -- www.mhec.state.md.us/financialAid
On website, check under “student financial assistance” then “state financial aid assistance programs & applications” to learn about available scholarships and grants, the application process, and the deadlines. Virtually all are need-based or career-based.
Amount: varies Deadline: varies – most in the fall
CA|CH|SM Mensa Foundation Scholarships – www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships
Selection based entirely on essay to be posted on line by January 15. Not necessary to be a Mensa member to apply.
Award: up to $1000 Deadline: January 15
CA|CH|SM McDonald’s Scholarships - www.mcdonaldeducates.com/scholarships
Through the Ronald McDonald House charities, a variety of scholarships for post-secondary education are offered to crew as well as community members. Based on academic achievement and community involvement. See websites for further information. Application available on line after October 1, 2013
Amount: $1500 - $5000 Deadline: March
CA|CH|SM Meyerhoff Scholarship Program – UMBC: www.umbc.edu/undergraduate or see your career center director.
For graduating seniors planning to pursue engineering, math, science or technology at UMBC through a doctorate. Strong GPA plus strong SAT’s required. Candidate must be nominated by counselor or principal.
Award: Range from $5000/year to $22,000/year for 4 years Deadline: December 1
CA|CH|SM Minds in Motion Scholarship Program – www.mpssaa.org/publications
Awards are available for students who have a strong academic background (min. 3.25 unweighted GPA) and participation in interscholastic athletics. Must attend a MPSSAA member school (Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association). SAT score verification will be required of finalists. On-line application
Award: $1000 Deadline: early April
--|--|SM NAACP Claudia Pickeral Scholarship: www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicant must be a minority student accepted at or attending a college, university, trade or technical school.. Upon receipt of this award, applicant must be a member of the NAACP. More information on the BECA website.
CA|CH|SM Nam Knight Darrell “Stone Cold” Canter Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must be a graduating senior who possesses minimum 2.5 GPA and plans to enter 2 or 4 year college in fall after graduation. Applicant must have a parent or sibling who was killed or disabled in public service in the military or public safety, or a parent or sibling currently on active duty in the military. Preference will be given to an applicant who plans a career that will enhance the traditions and values of the US through service to others. Essay required.
Amount: $500 - $1,500 `
CA|CH|SM National Co-op Scholarship Program – www.co-op.edu
See website for list of partner colleges/trade/technical schools. Applicant must possess minimum 3.5 GPA and submit application with essay on line or mailed in by mid-February.
Amount: $6000 (200 awards, most renewable) Deadline: February 15
Applicant must be a Maryland resident pursuing full time post-secondary studies who is legally blind. Must plan to attend the annual convention of NFB (financial assistance to attend is provided). Successful applicant must exhibit academic achievement and community involvement.
Amount: $1500 - $2000 Deadline: mid-April
CA|CH|SM Naval Officer’s Spouses Club of Washington DC (NOSC) Scholarship – www.noscdc.com
Merit scholarships offered to graduating seniors or spouses of active duty, retired, or deceased US Navy service members. Scholarships can be used at 2- or 4- year college, visual or performing arts school or a vocational/technical school. Applicant must be a US Citizen with valid military dependent ID card. Applications are available on the website.
Amount: Deadline: late March
CA|CH|SM Nordstrom Scholarship Program – www.shopnordstrom.com then search ‘scholarship”
Applicant must be a high school junior with at least 2.7 GPA. Must demonstrate financial need and involvement in school/community activities. Applicant must plan to attend college in an area served by Nordstrom and have no criminal record.
Award: $2,500, renewable Deadline: May 1
CA|CH|SM Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholarship: www.smcbeca.org
For students planning to major in engineering. Min. GPA of 3.0. Paid summer internships may be available to winners.
Award: $2000/year, not renewable
CA|CH|SM Nu Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – aka-nzo.org
Applicant must have 2.5 GPA, be able to demonstrate community involvement, and reflect ability to articulate thoughts in writing through essay topic. Application will also require two letters of recommendation, transcript, photo, and verification of acceptance for full time at two- or four-year college.
CA|CH|SM Optimists International – www.optimist.org/ClubDetail.cfm?club=33067
Eligible applicants include graduates of Leonardtown High School. Essay required and oratorical contests offered. Local optimist clubs may offer application-based or need-based awards.
Amount: up to $2500 plus a plaque Deadline: early February
Students who complete their first two years at CSM with a B average or better could be admitted as full time students to the mechanical engineering program of the University of Maryland with classes to be taught at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, MD. They would be eligible for participation in a NAWCAD-sponsored cooperative education program locally. The program may include assistance (up to $4500 per semester for tuition and up to $400 for books) for up to six semesters. Summer jobs may be available. Students participating in the cooperative education program will incur a service obligation for federal civil service employment upon graduation.
Amount: Deadline: Contact Mr. Barrett
Pat Kepferle was a 1999 graduate of GMHS who died suddenly from bacterial meningitis on a weekend home from college. After his death, Maryland passed a bill requiring college freshmen to receive a meningitis vaccination prior to entering college. Applicant must provide proof of college acceptance, a personal statement including significant achievements, a statement of your financial situation from a parent/guardian, and a current transcript.
Award: $1000 Deadline: early May
CA|CH|SM Patrick J. Ciproni Liberty Foundation Scholarship – http://www.pjcliberty.org/Scholarship.html
The Patrick J. Citroni Liberty Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for All 12th Grade Students enrolled in public, private or home study programs in the state of Maryland.
The scholarship award is in the amount of $1000, toward education expenses at a college or university in the state of Maryland.
Applicant must be planning to attend accredited school with a curriculum that leads to licensure as a dental hygienist or dentist. Financial need is considered.
Award: $500 Deadline: February 1
CA|CH|SM Princeton Prize in Race Relations – www.princeton.edu or search “Princeton Prize in Race Relations”
For students in grades 9 – 12 doing an outstanding job in their schools of improving the cause of race relations. Applicants must submit an on-line application and a reference
Amount: up to $1000 Deadline: January 31
CA|CH|SM Prudential Spirit of Community Awards –www.spirit.prudential.com
This program honors middle and high school students for outstanding acts of community service. Each school can nominate one local honoree out of the applications they receive. All local honorees will be considered for selection as the state honoree. Application questions focus on type and amount of community service.
Amount: $1000 plus award celebration in Washington DC, Deadline: November 6
all expenses paid
CA|CH|SM Robert and Rita I Merritts Scholarships – www.smcbeca.org
One academic scholarship, one vocational scholarship for students planning to pursue post-secondary education. Essay is required as part of the application process.
CA|CH|SM Rotary Clubs of Southern Maryland www.smcbeca.org
CA|CH|SM SAE Engineering Scholarships – www.sae.org/students
Available to graduating seniors planning to pursue a degree in engineering
Amount: Ranges from $400 to full tuition
CA|CH|SM SAMMY (Scholar Athlete Milk Moustache of the Year) – google “Sammy Scholarship”
Awards based on academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership, community service, and milk experience. Minimum 3.2 GPA. On line application including a 75-word essay.
Award: $7500 (25 awards) Deadline: March 4, 2014
CA|CH|SM Sheila Y. Tolson Memorial Scholarship Fund – sheilaytolson-msf.org
Scholarships for graduating seniors and college students. Applicants are judged on scholastic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA), community activism, participation in extracurricular activities, and ability to articulate during application interview. Must be able to demonstrate financial need as well.
Amount: $2000 Deadline: March 31
CA|CH|SM Shire ADHD Scholarship – www.ShireADHDscholarship.com
Recognizes individuals diagnosed with ADHD. Applicants must complete an application, two short essays, one recommendation, list of community, volunteer, or extracurricular activities, and provide verification that they have an ADHD diagnosis. Further application information is available on the website. Scholarship recipients will receive a year of ADHD coaching from a ADHD coaching service.
Amount: $2000 plus ADHD coaching Deadline: late March
CA|CH|SM SMECO (Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative) Scholarship –
Criteria include scholarship, financial need, school involvement and community involvement .
Amount: $1,500, up to four awards Deadline: March 1
CA|CH|SM Society of Women Engineers –societyofwomenengineers.swe.org
Available to women admitted to accredited programs in engineering, engineering tech, or computer science. Minimum 3.5 GPA unweighted. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. On-line application available March 1.
Amount: $1000 - $10,000 Deadline: May 15
--|--|SM St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce: www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicant must have minimum 3.5 GPA and plan to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution. Applicant must intend to return to work in St. Mary’s County following post-secondary graduation. Additional essay required on BECA application.
--|--|SM St. Mary’s County Public Schools Retirees Association – www.smcbeca.org
3.0 minimum GPA, enrolled in a teacher preparation program at a four year college or in a transfer program at CSM. Scholarship recipient is obligated to return to SMCPS to teach for at least two years after college graduation. See common application for further information.
Amount: $1000, renewable
--|--|SM St. Mary’s Garden Club Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must demonstrate character, determination to pursue post-secondary education, and financial need. Must pursue a career in the field of environmental science or studies. (See common application for list of majors that a successful candidate can pursue.) Recipient must maintain 3.0 (B) average in college to renew.
Amount: $1000, renewable
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Healthcare Scholarship – www.medstarstmarys.org/
You may also apply via BECA's St. Mary's County Common Scholarship Application.
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital provides scholarships in return for service for critical positions, including registered nurses, imaging technologists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, medical records coders, lab technologists, and pharmacists. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 if applying of high school graduation, and will commit to working at MedStar St. Mary’s for a pre-determined length of time after obtaining their educational degree, license, or certification.
Amount: $3,000 per semester for tuition, required books, lab fees and school-appointed uniforms as appropriate, up to a maximum of $24,000 over a four-year period.
--|--|SM Stephen Mattingly II Memorial Scholarship – www.smcbeca.org
Applicant must express desire to help students with special needs or be a student with special needs who is planning to attend college. Essay required.
CA|CH|SM Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omege Psi Phi Fraternity and the John Lancaster and W. Cecil Short Charity Foundation Award – www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicant must be African American graduating senior seeking a bachelor’s degree. Recipient selected based on academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership. More extensive information is available on the BECA website.
Award: $1000 (up to 13 awards)
CA|CH|SM ThanksUSA Scholarships – www/thanksusa.org/main/scholarships
Scholarship program to assist spouses and children of active duty military service personnel to thank them for their service. Application available on line. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Award: $3,000 Deadline: mid-May
CA|CH|SM United Negro College Fund Scholarship Programs www.uncf.org/forstudent/scholarships
Merit scholarships from the United Negro College Fund are available to students. Minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need as evidenced by FAFSA. Most require that you plan to attend a historically black college or university (HBCU). Several awards are listed on the website with varying awards and application deadlines.
Amount: varies Deadline: See website
CA|CH|SM USDA/1890 National Scholars Program – www. usda.gov then search 1890 National Scholars Program
Applicants must plan to study agriculture, food science, natural resource sciences or related disciplines at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, use of a laptop, printer, and software while on scholarship, room and board each year for 4 years to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of degree, there is an obligation for 1 year of service to the USDA for each year of financial support. Minimum 3.0 GPA as well as demonstrated leadership and community service.
Amount: Deadline: February 1
CA|CH|SM U.S. Golf Association/Chevron Golf/STEM Scholarship – https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/usga-chevron/.
Amount: Up to $40,000
CA|CH|SM U. Of Maryland – www.financialaid.umd.edu/scholarships/prospectivestudents
Requirements vary. Must have all admissions materials submitted by November 1. Must attend UMCP and register as a full time student.
Amount: varies Deadline: February 15
CA|CH|SM Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades - 106 S. New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063 or www.williamson.edu/admissions
Men only. Programs available in masonry, carpentry, horticulture, machine tool technology, paint and coatings, power plant.
Amount: Attendance is free, other than minimal fees, if you qualify and meet requirements. Deadline: August 1 of junior year through February 28 of senior year.
--|--|SM GFWC (Women’s Club of St. Mary’s) – www.smcbeca.org
Eligible applicants will have attended at least two years in SMCPS and will enroll in accredited college or trade/technical school program in the fall after graduation. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, minimum 3.0 GPA, extra-curricular activities, community service and good character.
Amount: $2,000 (2 awards)
The following websites contain information on sources of financial aid/scholarships or information on specific scholarships:
www.dfwinternational.org/resource_center (guide to scholarships for new Americans and minorities)
www.centralsb.org (central scholarship bureau)
INFORMATION FOR SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS
The nomination process is as follows:
- Write to your Senator in your junior year of high school, certainly before July 1 of your senior year.
- Know the basic requirements.
- Take your SAT before applying for nomination. You will generally need a verbal score of 550 or more and a math score of 600 or better.
- Maintain high academic standing (at least the upper 40% of your class).
- Maintain first-rate medical condition and proper physical aptitude.
- Obtain an application from your career center.
- Compile and submit a completed application including letters of recommendation, transcript of record, and SAT scores. See your counselor for details.
- Watch your deadline. Applications must be postmarked by November 15 and will not be accepted if late.
Note contact information:
USAir Force Academy: www.usafa.af.mil
US Naval Academy: www.nadn.navy.mil
US Army Military Academy: www.usma.edu
US Merchant Marine Academy: www.usmma.edu