Along with grants, scholarships are the ideal financial aid because they do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources, and only a selection are listed below. Sources include individual institutions, community-based organizations and for-profit corporations. Scholarships can be based on academic achievement, leadership, involvement in activities or a special skill or talent (athletic, musical, artistic, etc).
Remember that your first step to financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Scholarship search enginesFrom the College Board: You should never have to pay for scholarship information. If you're asked to pay a fee for "exclusive" scholarship leads, there's a good chance that scholarship service is really a scholarship scam.The websites below are legitimate, no-cost search engines that can lead you to information about a variety of scholarship opportunities. (Clicking a link will open a new browser window. )
Maryland and Baltimore scholarships
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- Maryland Higher Education Commission ensures that the people of Maryland have access to a high quality, diverse, adequately funded, effectively managed, and capably led system of postsecondary education. Information about scholarships and grants — including scholarships from Maryland's senators and delegates — is available on the commission's website.
- Central Scholarship Bureau: Central Scholarship enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded. If you're a student from Maryland with a GPA above 2.0 and a family income below $90,000 a year, or $66,000 a year for students pursuing career and technology training, you can apply for Central Scholarship awards.
- Baltimore Community Foundation: The Baltimore Community Foundation is home to a number of scholarship funds established by generous individuals, corporations or organizations to make a difference in students lives.
- College Bound Foundation: Apply for nine Baltimore scholarships with one application.
- University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program: Available to students from 15 Baltimore City Public Schools.
- Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Scholars Programs: Four years of full tuition to Johns Hopkins University for qualified students who graduate from Baltimore City Public Schools.
- UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program: Awards range from $5,000- $22,000 per year for four years.
- Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship: The student must plan to attend an engineering program at a four-year accredited university.
- Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Foundation: For students attending programs at community college, postsecondary training programs or two- or four-year colleges, pursuing courses relevant to work in the Maryland automotive dealership industry.
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Scholarship Program: A variety of scholarships are offered and preferences are given to students who reside in a Congressional Black Caucus Member's congressional district and meet other specific criteria.
Scholarships for African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander and LGBT students
- Ron Brown Scholar Program: The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.
- Gates Millennium Scholar Program: The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. .
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.
- The Jackie Robinson Foundation: Scholarships for minority high school students..
- League Foundation Scholarships: The program is open to self-identified gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender graduating high school seniors meeting the prescribed criteria.