Scholarships are funds that, normally, do not need to be repaid. Many scholarships, though, may require that the student study or work in a specific field, maintain a minimum GPA, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and even submit an essay. Please be sure to review all requirements for applying for the scholarship, how to renew the scholarship (if necessary), and conditions for receiving the funds. Don t forget to check with local organizations for scholarships such as volunteer and civic organizations, honor societies/school clubs, employers (student and parent), businesses, place of worship, and your local library.

    The key to applying for a variety of scholarships is to APPLY EARLY! You should begin to inquire about scholarship applications for a fall semester (September) as early as January-March. For many scholarships, funds are limited and may only be awarded on a first come/first served basis. If you are beginning in a Spring semester, scholarship opportunities will be very limited as most scholarships are awarded for a full academic year.

    Institutional Scholarships

    UMES has several institutional scholarship opportunities. Most of the academic based scholarships (determined by major, GPA, and/or student involvement) are awarded through an academic department or specific organization. We also recommend that you, the student, directly contact your departments/organizations to get more information.

    You also want to read the weekly UMES Campus News and Announcements (send via campus email), as scholarship opportunities can be advertised there as well.

    UMES Scholarship Award (2016-17 Application deadline has passed. 2017-18 application deadline TBA)

    The purpose of the UMES scholarship Award is to provide each recipient the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education and graduate college debt free.

    For more information, selection criteria and eligibility requirements click the link below.

    UMES Scholarship Application 

    UMES Book Scholarship (Deadline February 3, 2017)

    Book Scholarships are awarded to enrolled students in order to further their educational goals.

    An achievement based award, 10 scholarships of up to $500.00 each (250.00 per semester) will be awarded based on applications

    submitted by currently enrolled students. For more information click the link below

    UMES Book Scholarship

    External Scholarships (Non-UMES)

    Disclaimer: Many of the following web sites will collect personal information that is used to identify your eligibility for scholarships. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is not responsible for how these organizations will use that data

    ETS Presidential Scholarship (Deadline March 15,2017)

    The scholarship recognizes students who have established a record of outstanding academic performance in college, both overall and in their major field of study; who exhibit an interest in

    leadership in their chosen field ; and who have a financial need.

    applications are accepted online at

    $1,500 The pearl Source General Scholarship (Deadline March 31,2017) 

    At The Pearl Source, we truly value the importance of education. We also understand that between tuition, living expenses, books, and supplies, college can be extremely costly.

    In an effort to alleviate the financial burden for students and their families, The Pearl Source is pleased to offer the chance for one individual to win a $1,500 scholarship to the college of their choice. 

          Applications should be emailed to in Word format by March 31st, 2017

          For more information and details click the link below

 Driving Transportation Innovation Scholarship (Deadline March 31, 2017)

 is pleased to offer a scholarship in order to promote continued education and innovation within the transportation industry. A one-time grant in the amount of $500 will be awarded to a student exhibiting concentrated interest in the field of transportation in addition to superior academic or learning-based extracurricular performance.

          Click here for Application and more information 

          Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program (Deadline June 12, 2017)

          Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 10th year. 

          Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page 

          Full details are provided in the link below

          Lowes GAP scholarship(Deadline June 30, 2017)

          The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is pleased to offer the Lowes GAP scholarship for the Spring 2017 semester to graduating college seniors who need financial assistance in order to be able to graduate at the end of their last semester of college. With the focus at the state and local levels on completion/graduation, TMCF wants to ensure we add a funding source to your arsenal so that as many students can graduate from our member-schools as possible.

            Scholarship awards are only for students classified as Seniors and who are within 9-12 hours of their final semester to degree attainment. 

            Applicants must have a balance at or below $3100. Applications will not be considered if the balances exceed $3100. 

            Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. 

          The link to apply is below: 

          Lowes GAP Scholarship

          Internet Marketing Scholarship(Deadline July 1, 2017)

          We recognize the power of the written words online and offline and want to help the creative minds exhibit their abilities in this area.

          We have created the Internet Marketing Scholarship for Undergraduate or Postgraduate students with the passion of “Technology” to receive $1000 award.

          For more information visit 

          Send applications via email to providing full name, name of the institution you are attending or plan to attend, file with your work.

          Application instructions: the only thing we require is for you to think about ecommerce and how online sales grow every year and create a piece of content between 700-1000 words on the subject. "Future of Gadgets and Virtual Reality".

          USDA 1890 National Scholars Program (Application DEADLINE: Saturday, December 31, 2016)

          The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions,

          to award scholarships to students to attend one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or

          other related disciplines.

          For more information click the link below

          GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program (Deadline: January 5, 2017)

          The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute and General Electric Company (GE), is offering

          $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the United States. The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is open to current high school seniors who demonstrate

          the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship similar to those exhibited by President Ronald Reagan.

          For more information and details copy and past the link below

          Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit (Applications accepted September 30 through January 13, 2017)

          As part of Farm Credit’s centennial celebration, the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is kicking off a new scholarship program.

          We’ll be awarding 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each to students planning to pursue a career in agriculture.

          *The application for this scholarship program will only be available online. For more information click the link below

          SMART Scholarship (Deadline Is December 1, 2016 5 pm Eastern Standard Time)

          The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD)

          to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

          For more information click the link below

          Scholarship Quick Links

          The following are links to several  websites that provide FREE scholarship searches!!! Remember, if a scholarship search site charges you money to find scholarships, it is probably not a legitimate site.

          Student Financial Aid Search Engine: Find & Apply for Financial Aid to Pay for College


          Scholarships to Help International Students Afford U.S. Colleges


          “No Essay” College Scholarship


          United Negro College Fund Scholarships


          Scholarship America Scholarships

          Scholarships for Active Duty Military/ Veterans and family

          Navigating the financial aid waters can feel daunting for anyone – but particularly veterans and service members given the sheer number of options. This guide clears the confusion, helping individuals find the right financial aid programs and avoid dangerous scams. It not only covers the benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other federal programs, but also scholarships and grants that can supplement GI Bill benefits. Each year, thousands of financial aid dollars go unawarded and are turned back to their sponsors due to a lack of applicants. Continue reading to explore all options that may help reduce out-of-pocket college costs.

          Fo more information click here 

          Tilman Scholarship (Deadline March 1, 2017)

          The application is open to military veterans and spouses pursuing a full-time bachelor's, master’s, or professional degree at a US-based accredited institution. Each award is based on the applicant’s unique financial need—this year we anticipate each Tillman Scholar will receive an annual award of ~$10,000. 

          For more information click the links below

          Tillman scholarship

          Application kit

          Pat Tillman foundation