The Smith School has generous corporate partners and donors who fund our undergraduate scholarships. All of our scholarships are awarded to current Smith School undergraduate students. In recent academic years, nearly $1.2 million has been available in undergraduate scholarships.
COVID-19 Policy for Scholarships:
In light of the University's decision for spring 2020 undergraduate courses to be graded pass/fail (unless the student elects to receive an earned grade for the course), we will be following the same policy as the Office of Student Financial Aid, as indicated on the FAQs section at https://ugst.umd.edu/keeplearning/grades.html. However, students may need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending on the scholarship's criteria and their spring 2020 academic records.
Office of Student Financial Aid is operating under the following parameters:
· A pass (P) grade will not impact both the GPA and the credit completion requirement since a P grade will not count towards the GPA and will count as completed credits.
· Failed (F) grade will impact both GPA and credit completion requirements. Case by case basis, we will evaluate students who received Failed grade and could not meet the GPA and/or the credit completion requirements.
Applications for 2020-21 Smith School scholarships will be opening in early May.
- Departmental awards have been made to students and they will be posting to student bills by August 10.
- A limited number of additional awards will be issued until the add/drop deadline. By that time any students not selected for a scholarship will be notified.
- Should spring only scholarships become available, all applications from students who applied but were not selected will be re-reviewed. Notice for possible spring scholarships will be made only to selected students.
Questions about the application? Contact email@example.com.
- Completed FAFSA form on file with University if applying for need-based scholarships (see Office of Financial Aid)
- List of activities and honors
- Personal bio
Helpful hint for your bio: This bio is intended to be a BRIEF snapshot of YOU for people who may not be privy to your resume or application. In 4-5 sentences, tell us about professional, academic, or life experiences you feel define you as well as your short-term and long-term goals (this could include why you selected your major and what you hope to do with it). Think of it as your written elevator pitch.
All awards are funded from sources outside of the Smith School, therefore, the stipulations of the awards must be followed. Generally, most scholarships are based upon GPA, major, credit accumulation, demonstrated leadership, residency, financial need, and other factors.
Although students with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher are more competitive, we encourage ALL Smith students to apply, as certain scholarship criteria varies just like our student body.
How to Apply
- Complete the scholarship application. Smith School students are automatically considered for most Smith School scholarships by completing the general application. All students who want to be considered for a scholarship next year will need to re-apply the following year.
- The Office of Undergraduate Studies encourages all Smith students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. By completing this form you make yourself eligible for review of all Smith scholarships that are earmarked for students with financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid). In addition, having this form on file allows students to be eligible for any monies from the Smith School of the university that may be earmarked for "emergencies". If you would like financial need to be taken into consideration during the application process, please submit your FAFSA information (January 1 is the University priority deadline; FAFSA forms MUST be completed before the scholarship deadline). For more information on FAFSA, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Students selected to receive Smith scholarships are contacted in August. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year and are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. If you graduate in December, you will receive one semester's worth of the award. You must be a full-time Smith School student in order to retain eligibility for your scholarship, AND you must write a thank-you letter to your donor to receive the second installment of your award.
Once notified of an award, students must accept the award online and provide additional information that can be shared with scholarship donors. A link will be provided in the scholarship award notification email for students who have received a scholarship to formally accept their award. Scholarship monies will not be posted to a student's account until this step is completed.
Additional Scholarships and Financial Aid
Additional scholarships are offered through other UMD and external organizations. Please follow their application process and contact the organization directly if you have questions.
Financial Aid Information Page
A free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to sources of financial aid.
A free search engine of local, national, and college-specific scholarships.
Maryland Parent & Family Association
Scholarships provide assistance to current undergraduate students in good standing who may be unable to continue their education at the university due to extenuating personal or family financial circumstances. Visit their scholarship website for more information.
University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid
1135 Lee Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-5145
- View publications including Funding your Education and The Student Guide.
- Get help in completing the FAFSA.
- Get a copy of FAFSA Express.
- Find the Title IV codes for the colleges you selected.
University of Maryland National Scholarships Office
2130 Mitchell Bldg.
College Park, Md.
The University of Maryland, College Park's clearinghouse on undergraduate scholarship information. Provides general information and a wide variety of assistance with undergraduate scholarship opportunities.
University of Maryland Veterans Program Office
The University of Maryland's Veterans Program Office advertises UM scholarships available to veterans.
University of Maryland Alumni Association
The University of Maryland's Alumni Association offers UM scholarships to current students.