Put your academic goals within reach. University of Maryland University College offers more than 100 scholarships to help students like you achieve your educational goals. Each year, we award more than $6 million in scholarship funds to more than 3,500 students.

UMUC scholarships are available to students based on merit and/or financial need. Award amounts vary by scholarship. Specially designated scholarships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, community college transfers, students in certain academic programs, military servicemembers, veterans, military spouses, and more.

Important: You do not need to apply to specific scholarships, as this universal application will be used to find all scholarships that match your specific eligibility.

Please note that employees of UMUC and their dependents, as well as those who receive remission of fees from other institutions, are not eligible to apply for UMUC institutional scholarships or to receive UMUC institutional grants.

Interested in a UMUC Scholarship?

  1. Complete the FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, is required for most UMUC scholarships. When you apply for financial aid, you will be prescreened for scholarship eligibility. (See instructions on how to apply for financial aid at UMUC.)
  2. Wait for notification: If you're eligible for a UMUC scholarship, we'll let you know. Students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at 15 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits at UMUC will receive an e-mail notifying them of scholarship eligibility via the To Do List in MyUMUC. You may even be eligible for more than one scholarship! Notifications usually go out in mid-summer. Please note that meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will receive a UMUC scholarship.
  3. Apply early: Scholarship awards are based on funding availability so if you're notified that you're eligible, fill out the universal scholarship application in MyUMUC as soon as possible. It's also important to submit your FAFSA early each year, as many of scholarships can be renewed from year to year if you continue to maintain your eligibility requirements.

UMUC Scholarship Applications

2018–19 UMUC Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid will begin to initiate scholarship application invitations via the To-Do List by the end of the spring 2018 term for the upcoming 2018–19 academic year. Please refer to the eligibility requirements above to determine if you will receive an invitation. Awarding of 2018–19 scholarships will begin after the priority filing deadline of July 15, 2018 and last throughout the remainder of the summer.

2017–18 UMUC Scholarship Application Update: All funding for the 2017–18 academic year has been exhausted at this time. Scholarship applications for the 2017–18 aid year will be kept on file for consideration, in the event additional funding becomes available. Students that were invited to apply for a scholarship via their To-Do List are still encouraged to submit their application. Please be advised that submitting a UMUC scholarship application does not automatically guarantee a scholarship award.

About Scholarships

Browse the database to find scholarships and grants to help you cover college costs.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about scholarships at UMUC.

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Other Scholarship Sources

Each year, hundreds of thousands of scholarships are awarded by companies and organizations of all types and sizes. In addition to applying for the scholarships administered by UMUC, all students are encouraged to investigate private scholarship opportunities.

There are scholarships for academic or artistic achievements; for students interested in specific fields of study; for residents of certain cities, counties, or states; and for members of religious, ethnic, or under-represented groups.

The easiest way to find scholarship opportunities is to use online scholarship search engines. There are several free websites that can help you identify suitable scholarship programs by comparing your personal circumstances against a database of scholarships.

Also, be on the lookout for local scholarships. Generally, there may be less competition for scholarships that cover a limited geographical area. To find information on local scholarship opportunities, talk to local community college or high school counselors or check the bulletin board at your local library.

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MD Community College Graduate? Learn about the Completion Scholarship

If you are a Maryland community college graduate, you are eligible for a Completion Scholarship no matter how long ago you earned your associate degree. Learn about the criteria on the Completion Scholarships page in the Prospective Students section.