Opportunities for Students and Families


Greater Baltimore Urban League College Fair 
Parents and students are invited to a college fair hosted by GBUL on Saturday, April 8 at 512 Orchard Lane from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Click here for more information. To RSVP, contact Estelle Young at eyoung@gbul.org or 410-523-8150.
(Expires: April 8) 

Free financial preparation fair 

All school communities are invited to the Baltimore CASH Campaign for the 12th annual Money Power Day on Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Baltimore Polytechnic/Western high school. Money Power Day is a financial fitness fair that includes workshops and exhibits, and free, onsite, services such as credit reporting and counseling, financial planning, tax preparation, college and career advising, and a youth zone.

For questions, contact Courtney Bettle with the Baltimore CASH Campaign at courtney@baltimorecashcampaign.com.
(Expires: April 1)

Department of the Environment Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Tawes Awards for a Clean Environment and the James B. Coulter Award from the Maryland Department of the Environment. MDE is a proud co-sponsor of the annual Tawes Award for a Clean Environment. The annual statewide environmental recognition program seeks to involve youth, adults and private and public organizations in the restoration and protection of Maryland's natural resources. Any individual, civic, community or non-profit entity that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to enhance Maryland's environment over a period of time or with a single project may be nominated. The Maryland Petroleum Council will donate $300 each in the names of the Tawes youth and adult award winners to the non-profit group of their choice.
(Deadline: April 11, 2017)

College Savings Options
The State of Maryland offers two 529 college savings options to help families save and reduce the need for burdensome student loans. Maryland 529, formerly College Savings Plans of Maryland, can help give families a jump start on college savings for as little as $25 a month. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust allows families to lock in tomorrow's tuition at today’s prices, with flexible payment plans. Additionally, low and middle income families may be eligible to receive a $250 State contribution. Request flyers for distribution or schedule a presentation for your staff or your schools.

Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students

Applications are being accepted for summer centers for gifted and talented students who will be in grades 4-10 this fall. Online applications must be completed by Saturday, April 15. (Financial assistance is available.)
Read this catalog of programs or click here for more information. For questions, contact Dr. Bruce Riegel at bruce.riegel@maryland.gov or 410-767-0527.
(Expires: April 15)

Rising Star scholarship opportunity 

Resident Services Incorporated and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s (HABC) Resident Advisory Board have established the Rising Star Scholarship Program to encourage education excellence, and foster leadership potential among high school students living in public housing.
Graduating high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted at www.central-scholarship.org by April 1.

Click here for a printable flyer. For more information or application assistance, call 443-984-1896 or email risingstar@rsinc.org
(Expires: April 1)

Young Woman Voluntarism Scholarship

The Junior League of Baltimore's annual Young Woman Voluntarism Scholarship awards $1,000 to a female, graduating senior who has performed outstanding volunteer service during her high school years.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • Reside in Maryland and attend a Maryland public, charter, private, community or parochial high school in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, or Harford County.
  • Be a female graduating senior with plans to matriculate to an accredited, two- or four-year, post-secondary institution in Fall 2017. (Applicants must provide verification of college enrollment. Funds will be paid directly to the college or university in which the student enrolls, in the student’s name.)
  • Not be a current member or immediate relative of a current member of the Junior League of Baltimore.
  • Have an outstanding volunteer service record, have achieved academic success, and show the promise of continued success.
 All applications must be postmarked by March 31. Click here to complete the application online.
(Expires: March 31)

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science scholarships
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships were established to encourage minority students to pursue college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The program was created in 2010 by Dr. Bernard Harris, a former astronaut, physician and businessman, and ExxonMobil to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Each spring, $5,000 scholarships are awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students currently completing their senior year of high school. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 scholarships. The deadline to submit is April 10.
(Expires: April 10) 

Free tax preparation
The Baltimore CASH Campaign provides free tax preparation for individuals or families with incomes under $54,000. The campaign also insures that taxpayers benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit and provides other financial services. Appointments must be made in advance and are available at locations around the city.
For more information, view this flyer, call 410-234-8008, or visit www.bmorefreetaxes.org.  

Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) is inviting Baltimore City high school students to apply for the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize. One student will have the opportunity for a solo exhibition at Artscape as well as an award of $1,000. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. 
BOPA will be conducting three portfolio workshops to help students create a portfolio for submission:
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 (drop-in 3 to 6 p.m.)
    Baltimore Polytechnic / Western High School
    1400 West Cold Spring Lane
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 (drop-in 3 to 6 p.m.)
    The Baltimore Design School
    1500 Barclay Street
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 (drop-in 3 to 6 p.m.)
    Benjamin Franklin High School
    1201 Cambria Street
For more information, please email Becca Belleville or call 443-310-3688.
(Expires: April 30, 2017) 

Y2Connect: Youth Resource Guide
Y2CONNECT.org is a new resource guide that connects Baltimore youth to clinical- and community-based health and non-health programs and resources, including youth-friendly clinics, programs related to arts and recreation, school and job readiness, and youth development, family planning, HIV and STD testing, PrEP for HIV, resources for youth who are homeless, immigrants and LGBT, and more. 
Y2CONNECT is designed for easy and direct access by youth‐serving professionals, parents/guardians and other caring adults, and youth. It’s easy to navigate, has many features to find the exact services and resources a young person might need, and is available in English or Spanish. Y2CONNECT is also mobile-friendly and available as an App. 
Other key available content includes articles designed for youth about health; ability for youth to write reviews of local resources that they’ve used; materials for professionals who work with youth (e.g., Maryland Minor Consent & Confidentiality Laws; online video training for youth-serving staff to help connect young men to healthcare); and materials for parents (e.g., materials to talk with your son about healthcare).
(Expires: Ongoing) 

Volunteer with Reading Partners

Volunteers meet one-on-one with a student each week to help him or her develop strong literacy skills and discover a passion for reading. Reading Partners provides a structured curriculum, in-person training, and ongoing support to help students thrive. No teaching experience is required and anyone over 14 can volunteer. Flexible Monday to Thursday volunteer times between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. are available. Visit www.readingpartners.org/volunteer to sign up and learn more.
For questions, contact Alexis Acciani at 206-209-6208 or alexis.acciani@readingpartners.org.

(Expires: March 31, 2017)

Every Kid in a Park - 4th Graders eligible for free passes to national parks
Every fourth grader in Baltimore City Public Schools has the opportunity to receive an Every Kid in the Park (EKIP) pass this school year, either through a trip to Hampton National Historic Site or Gwynn's Falls. The passes will get the student and three other people into all of our national parks for free.

To learn more about the EKIP passes, click here.

Make sure to ask your school when they are going on their trip - and look out for the passes when they come home. The passes are good through the summer of 2017 - plan your trip to a National Park now!

(Expires: June 24, 2017)

Read to Reef Book Club
The National Aquarium, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library System, is pleased to announce the return of the Read to Reef Book Club this fall. The Read to Reef Book Club offers free admission to the National Aquarium for any child up to fifth grade with a Pratt Library card in exchange for reading five books themed around aquatic life and conservation. Throughout October, students can visit their local library branch and collect a Read to Reef bookmark. This program goes through April 30 or while supplies last. For more information, go to the National Aquarium's website or call the general information line at 410-576-3800.
(Expires: April 30, 2017)