The St. Mary’s County Black History Coalition (SMCBHC) will be awarding their 10th Annual Dinah K. Somerville Scholarship to deserving students who have been accepted to or are currently attending an accredited college, university, trade or technical school for the 2022-2023 school years.  The SMCBHC will award four students $1,000.00 each, directly payable to the institution of their choice. Deadline, January 27, 2023



Information on colleges and the cost of a college education




    Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) –    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 online in December to establish your account and passwords.   You should file by January 25 to meet BECA's February 18 deadline. Maryland's has a March 1, 2021, 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 you for it. 


Deadline:  file by Feb. 15 to be considered for money in Maryland.

If using BECA's St. Mary's Common Scholarship Application, File no later than January 25. You can apply as early as October. 


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The nomination process is as follows:

  1. Write to your Senator in your junior year of high school, certainly before July 1 of your senior year.
  2. Know the basic requirements.
  3. 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.
  4. Maintain high academic standing (at least the upper 40% of your class).
  5. Maintain first-rate medical condition and proper physical aptitude.
  6. Obtain an application from your career center.
  7. Compile and submit a completed application including letters of recommendation, transcript of record, and SAT scores.  See your counselor for details.
  8. Watch your deadline.  Applications must be postmarked by November 15 and will not be accepted if late.

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