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Scholarship Opportunities

UMBC Alumni Scholarship

Open to all UMBC Alumni

Thank You, #RetrieverNation. You’ve made us proud and now UMBC wants to celebrate its alumni with a $1,000 scholarship toward first semester graduate studies. In addition, application fees are now waived for UMBC alumni for applications to The Graduate School. Claim your future and apply to graduate school now!

You can qualify if:

  • You are a new graduate student admitted for the first time to an upcoming semester
  • You have received a degree from UMBC or will have received a degree from UMBC before you begin
  • You enroll in a degree seeking master’s or certificate program

To initiate the application fee waiver enter RetrieverNation into the special population code on page one of our online application.

No additional scholarship application is required. If you do qualify, the award will be posted to your account under anticipated aid.

If you have any questions about this tuition scholarship or further details about requirements, please contact Mike Suica at

Regular admission requirements and deadlines still apply. If the deadline for your program of choice has passed, contact the program coordinator to see if you can still apply.

Those receiving tuition remission through the University System of Maryland as an employee or spouse/dependent of an employee of a University System of Maryland school (including UMBC) do not qualify for this scholarship.

Department Scholarship Opportunities for Students Enrolled in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary and TESOL Program(s)

Teacher Education Scholarship Program

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The UMBC Education Department offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and TESOL programs. All students currently enrolled are eligible to apply. Click here to download Application

Strong Scholars Program Phase II Interns

Application due Wendesday, May 1, 2019 
The Hattie M. Strong Foundation offers scholarships to undergraduate students who have exhibited outstanding successes and enthusiasm in field experiences prior to the final year of their program or to graduate students whose life experiences prior to enrollment reveal the same strengths. One $5,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to UMBC teacher candidates entering PHASE II of internship. Qualifying applicants must have a FAFSA on file, demonstrate financial need, and have GPAs above 3.0. Click here to download Application


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

MAEA Student Scholarship

High school seniors who are students in an MAEA member’s class during the current school year or current college students majoring in art education may be awarded up to $500 to be used toward college expenses. Art Education is a vital component of every child’s core education.  MAEA’s mission is to advocate for and advance art education in Maryland.   Visual arts experiences cultivate creative expression, innovative thinking, problem solving, and personal development.  MAEA is committed to helping students who are interested in teaching visual arts to obtain a higher education degree.

Who is eligible:

  • an MAEA pre-service teacher,


  • a graduating senior attending a high school in Maryland and a student of an MAEA member.  Applicants must plan to major in art education at the college of their choice.

Applications will be judged on the following:

  • Completeness of application
  • Transcript review
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Level of involvement in arts activities
  • Essay
  • Portfolio

Application deadline: March 30, 2019.

Apply online: