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The State of Maryland offers a number of different scholarships and grants. These include need-based grants, legislative scholarships, grants for certain occupation or career paths, and grants for unique populations. Some of the grants are described below.
The Howard P. Rawlings Program of Educational Excellent Awards offers two types of grants: Guaranteed Access Grants and Educational Assistance Grants. The former is open to high school seniors, or students who graduated high school within the past year, who will attend a college or university. Students must complete an online application as well as the FAFSA.
In addition, applications must be received by March 1st and eligible students from any major are eligible to apply. Both the student and their parents must be residents of Maryland. Students must enroll for at least 12 credits and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. The amount of the scholarship varies by family size and the family income. Current ranges are between $400 to $17,500 per year.
The Educational Assistance Grant is open to both high school students and current students enrolled in an undergraduate program. Students may apply between January 1st through March 1st. A FAFSA and state residency is also required for this grant. The amount of the grant depends on financial need and varies between $400 to $3,000.
The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant is intended to help train more students in high need areas. Currently, students planning a career in child care, teaching, human services, social work, public service, and other related fields are eligible to apply. High school seniors and current college students (both undergraduate and graduate students) are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 1st and students must complete an online application as well as the FAFSA. Both academic achievement and need will be considered when selecting recipients. The award varies between $1,000-$4,000 and is only open to MD residents.
Maryland also offers several scholarships geared towards unique populations. The Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts scholarship provides funding to the child of a veteran. The award amount varies between $4,222 to $6,669 per year.
All majors are encouraged to apply and applications must be received before March 1st. The Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is for Maryland residents who were placed in a foster home at the time of graduation or during their 13th birthday. This award covers the full tuition and fees at any Maryland public college or university.
The eligible student must complete the FAFSA, enroll in the program before their 25th birthday, and apply prior to March 1st. Maryland also covers full tuition and fees for youth who are homeless through the Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. This may include children who are living in shelters, motels, trailers, or cars. Students must be enrolling in a Maryland public university and complete the FAFSA. Applications are due prior to March 1st.
Author: Jeff Gitlen