Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

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

Sam Stringfield Memorial Fund

Samuel C. Stringfield (1949 – 2016) was an education researcher, focusing much of his efforts on effective strategies for teaching students with special needs. The founding editor of Journal for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), Sam worked tirelessly to mentor and support graduate students throughout his career. His wife Kathleen has continued their joint endeavor of providing funding support for graduate students through the Samuel C. Stringfield Memorial fund at UMBC.

We are pleased to offer funding to graduate students in Education, LLC, Public Policy, and Psychology to support research endeavors including (but not limited to) conference attendance. All students currently enrolled are eligible to apply.

Click this link to apply

Teacher Education Scholarship Program

Due December 1, 2023

Here is the application for the spring session.

You will be asked to include a resume, a personal statement, and an unofficial copy of your transcript and list the people who will be completing your recommendation form. You will also be responsible for downloading the form and giving it to those people who are filling it out. One recommendation form must come from an Education Department faculty member. If you are applying for both the summer and fall scholarships, you can use the same two recommendation forms. That means that you don’t have to have four people fill out the form. We will review the same recommendations for both scholarship applications. Each recommendation form should be emailed by the person who completed it directly to Only complete application packets will be reviewed. (This includes both recommendations.) It is your responsibility to ensure all documents have been submitted. Recipients will be notified at the end of the semester.

If you have a 3.3 GPA, please apply for the Maryland Teaching Fellowship which will pay full tuition and fees and room and board. Information can be found here. This is due April 1st 2023. Also, please apply for the Federal TEACH grant

Emergency Funding

We value the time and commitment that education students devote to their teacher preparation and recognize that at times this requires a sacrifice of time and finances beyond a student’s means.

In order to support promising teacher candidates who are facing unexpected and extreme financial need, the Education Department has set aside funds to cover some portion of that student’s tuition, fees, and/or books.

Qualified students should demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions reflective of UMBC’s commitment to academic excellence, professional growth, and respect for the diverse population of local schools and communities. To this end, students must present a personal, professional, and academic record of the highest quality and provide evidence of their commitment to UMBC’s goals and mission.

For further information on any scholarship, contact your program director.


UMBC Department of Education Emergency Scholarship

Please note this scholarship is intended for those enrolled in a Department of Education Program (including MAE)

Click here to download the word version of the Emergency Scholarship Application


UMBC Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund

Click here for more information, please scroll to bottom of page to apply

This is open to all UMBC Undergrad & Graduate students. Please note you can only receive Black and Gold Emergency Fund only once.

Strong Scholars Program Phase II Interns — Will open for Spring 2024 during Fall 2024, please keep an eye out for future announcements.

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.

To apply click this link

GEAR UP Scholarship

Grant Applicant Eligibility: To receive a GEAR UP Scholarship, a student must:

  1.    have participated in GEAR UP activities at GEAR UP sites in Baltimore City, Dorchester, or Wicomico Counties during the grant period (2014-2020);
  2.    be a Maryland resident according to the institution’s state residency policy;
  3.    be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of undergraduate instruction at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education, private career school, or state/regional accredited trade school/certificate program;
  4.    receive a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;​
  5.    be less than 22 years old at the time of the first scholarship award; and​
  6.    maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the standards of the institution he/she is attending.​

For more information click here

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a Federal program, which provides assistance to students pursuing careers in primary and secondary education. TEACH differs from other grant programs because receiving the TEACH Grant means committing to a four year service obligation. Failing to complete the TEACH Grant service obligation can result in the TEACH Grant converting to a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Eligible students are also required to complete annual counseling and sign an Agreement to Serve, which outline conditions of the TEACH Grant. (The contact is Jenn Volberding:

For more information please click this link

Additional Scholarship/ Grant Opportunities

Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Scholarship

Application Due: April 3, 2023

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Any master’s student who:
• is enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program in education during the 2022–2023 school year
• demonstrates leadership abilities and commitment to community service
• demonstrates financial need
• is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card

To apply for the scholarship, students must provide:

• a one-page statement outlining financial need
• the official transcript for most recently completed academic term; this should include your Fall 2022 grades and cumulative GPA
• two recommendation letters (one should be from a school advisor)
• two original essays answering the following questions (maximum of 500 words per question): – What is the most pressing issue facing education today, and what should future teachers and education leaders know to address this challenge? – Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, why you should be awarded the Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Scholarship and how this scholarship will help you support undeserved communities.

Scholarship Award: $15,000
Application Portal Open: February 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 3, 2023
Winner Notified: May 15, 2023


Mildred Murray Memorial Recruitment Grant

Application Due: May 6, 2023

Delta Kappa Gamma Society lnternational
DKG MD, Xi Chapter Announces:

Mildred Murray Memorial Recruitment Grant
Recruitment Grants for Women Educators

Qualifying Criteria

Xi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society lnternational, an honorary society for women educators, is offering up to four recruitment grants the spring of 2022 to women who are studying to become teachers, who are gaining recertification, or who are working towards an advanced degree in the field of education. Each grant will be awarded in the amount of $2,500.

The candidate:

  1.  Is female
  2. Is seeking a teaching position in the state of Maryland or is currently teaching in the Baltimore metropolitan area; and is enrolled as a student in an accredited institution of higher learning in the Baltimore metropolitan area
  3. Must have completed three consecutive undergraduate semesters or nine graduate credits, with a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.
  4. Must have been enrolled in college classes to become a certified K-12 classroom teacher during the semester prior to application
  5. Must have at least 1 semester remaining in her course of study following the award of the grant
  6. Must include the following with the application form:
    • One letter of recommendation from an educational reference
    • A paragraph including:
    • Interest in teaching as a career
    • Educational plans for the next two years
    • Future teaching plans upon completion of the current degree/recertification program
  7. How the grant money will be used
  8. An official transcript (see number 3 above)
  9. In addition, please provide a list of all current scholarships and/or grants awarded.

Application Deadline: May 6, 2022

Awards will be presented at our annual picnic in May/June. Recipient must be present to accept the recruitment grant.
Application forms are available in the College of Education office or from an Education instructor.

Questions: email Kathy Ourand:

For Grant Application, please click here.


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.


Scholarships To Watch

Please note that below scholarship deadlines have passed, however, they may reopen a new application cycle.  

Dr. Lynn Collins Memorial Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship is awarded to sophomore, junior, or senior students majoring in computer science, math, or computer engineering and who demonstrate an interest in teaching at the K through 12 levels.

Details can be found on Scholarship Retriever :

(Deadline 08/02/2023)

Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship Program application

The Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship is awarded to students who pledge to work as public school or public prekindergarten teachers in Maryland upon completion of their studies at schools that have at least 50% of the students in the school eligible for free or reduced price meals (FRPM). See the Service Obligation Requirement section below for more information.

Applicants for the Teaching Fellows for Maryland scholarship must submit the online application through the MDCAPS system by visiting  The online application and all required documents (which will reflect in MDCAPS upon completion of your application) must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

For more information please click here.


UMBC Women’s Center Scholarship

The scholarship application for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship, the Jodi Mister/Newcombe Scholarship, the Bryson-Neville Scholarship, the AEGON Scholarship, and the Rosalie Tydings Scholarship are combined into one common application which is accessible only to eligible students on ScholarshipRetriever. The common application enables eligible students to apply for more than one of the Returning Women Students Scholarships using the same application. Eligibility requires that all applicants must be over the age of 25, have earned at least 60 credits, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be working towards their first undergraduate degree.

For more information please click here. 


UMBC Summer Session Scholarships

The Office of Summer & Winter Programs awards a limited number of full and partial scholarships to UMBC degree-seeking students who have a high GPA and are close to graduating. Financial need (based on student’s FAFSA information) is also considered.

  • Full scholarships cover tuition for one UMBC summer session course (up to 4 credits) based on UMBC’s in-state undergraduate or graduate tuition rate.
  • Partial scholarships cover HALF of the tuition for one UMBC summer session course (up to 4 credits) based on UMBC’s in-state undergraduate or graduate tuition rate.
  • Students are responsible for all fees associated with summer courses.

For more information please click here.


The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Pennsylvania. The Fellowship has also prepared over a thousand teachers in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or have extensively studied, one or more of the STEM fields.

The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.

For more information click here 


Head Start and Child Care Dissertation Grants

Two NEW 2021 Funding Opportunities for Early Childhood Dissertation Research!  The Early Care and Education Research Scholars grants support doctoral dissertation research addressing issues related to Head Start and child care. Both grant programs support work that informs policy and practice decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations, and utilizes the most rigorous research methodology.

MHEC Announce Full Tuition Scholarship for  Teaching Students

Teaching Fellows for Maryland scholarships are awarded to students who pledge to work as public prekindergarten or public school teachers in the State upon completion of their studies at schools that have at least 50% of the students in the school eligible for free or reduced price meals (FRPM). Individuals interested in pursuing UMD’s undergraduate professional teacher preparation programs or one-year master’s certification (MCERT) program are strongly encouraged to apply for these funds. This award is a great way to fund your undergraduate or graduate education.

For more information please visit Maryland Higher Education Commission.

MAEA (Maryland Art Education Association) Scholarship

Art Education is a vital component of every learner’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.  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

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Mildred Murray Memorial Recruitment Grant  | Recruitment Grants for Women Educators

Xi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society lnternational, an honorary society for women educators, is offering two recruitment grants this year to women who are studying to become teachers. The grant will be awarded in the amount of $2,500.


Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded three times per year: December, April, and August. The value of the scholarships are remitted through editorial assistance as follows:

Master’s candidates: $750
Doctoral candidates: $2,500
Junior academics: $500

These figures reflect the upper bracket of costs of editorial assistance for master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and academic journal articles, respectively. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. There are no institutional, departmental, or national restrictions.


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