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. 

    • The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Office of Student Financial Aid (UMES OSFA)

     Many of the scholarships awarded by UMES OSFA require financial need; therefore, students must file the FAFSA each year. UMES Tuition and Academic Success Scholarships are not automatically renewed. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served              basis until funds are depleted. Therefore, students should file their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 for the upcoming academic year. The 2018-2019 FAFSA filing deadline for priority consideration is January 15, 2017.

     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.

         AA-I Scholarship Award 

    The University Of Maryland Eastern Shore Office Of Financial Aid is now accepting applications for the University of Maryland AA-I Scholarship Award.

    Deadline March 30, 2018

          UMES Scholarship Award (Fall 2018-2019 deadline April 16th)

     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 


          Book Schoarships 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

    • The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Office of Admissions

          A variety of scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions to first-year, transfer, and international students. Students are automatically considered for some scholarships upon admission to the University and others require a separate application.

    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

    A great way for students to investigate outside scholarships is by using a scholarship search on the web. Also contact businesses, civic, and fraternal organizations, parents' employers, churches, high school guidance offices, and public libraries.

    If a student receives a scholarship check from an outside agency, the check must be submitted to the University Student Accounts Office so the funds can be credited to the student's University account. Additional information is available on the University Student Accounts webpage.

    Impact of Outside Awards/Prizes

    Federal financial aid regulations require that all financial aid (loans/grants/scholarships/work-study) and educational resources (i.e. awards, prizes) must fit within a student's financial need and/or cost of attendance.  If the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) becomes aware of additional financial aid or other educational resources, the financial aid that was awarded by OSFA may be reduced or cancelled.

    Click here for a list of External Scholarships