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Local Scholarship Opportunities

  • Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC): MHEC ensures that the people of Maryland have access to a high quality, diverse, adequately funded, effectively managed, and capably led system of postsecondary education. Information about scholarships and grants — including scholarships from Maryland's senators and delegates — is available on the commission's website.
  • Central Scholarship Bureau: Enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded.
  • Baltimore Community Foundation: The Baltimore Community Foundation is home to a number of scholarship funds established by generous individuals, corporations or organizations to make a difference in students’ lives.
  • College Bound Foundation: Over 500 students benefit annually from scholarships and grants awarded through the CollegeBound Foundation. CollegeBound administers over 240 privately-funded college scholarships in a portfolio valued at close to $3 million. CollegeBound encourages students to apply for as many awards as you desire.
  • University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program: Available to Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Prince George's County high school students.
  • Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Scholars Programs: Four years of full tuition to Johns Hopkins University for qualified students who graduate from Baltimore City Public Schools.
  • UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program: Awards range from $5,000- $22,000 per year for four years.
  • Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship: The student must plan to attend an engineering program at a four-year accredited university.
  • Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Foundation: For students attending programs at community college, postsecondary training programs or two- or four-year colleges, pursuing courses relevant to work in the Maryland automotive dealership industry.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Scholarship Program: A variety of scholarships are offered and preferences are given to students who reside in a Congressional Black Caucus Member's congressional district and meet other specific criteria.

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Special Population Scholarships

  • Ron Brown Scholar Program: The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.
  • Gates Millennium Scholar Program: The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation: Scholarships for minority high school students.
  • League Foundation Scholarships: The program is open to self-identified gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender graduating high school seniors meeting the prescribed criteria.

SAT test fee and/or College application fee waiver

  • SAT test and college application fee waiver (up to 4 colleges) for students who demonstrate financial need
    Waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th grade students in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. may be able to have test fees waived. SAT Subject Test fee waivers are available for students in grades nine through 12.

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Ethnic Group Specific

Asian, South East Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
    Scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islanders with a focus on students with strong financial need and/or are first in their families to go to college who are attending specific universities (see website for list)
    Contact: Outreach and Community Relations
    Phone: 1-877-808-7032.
  • GAPA Foundation
    Scholarship for students who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities studying at a school in the US.
  • Regeneration Center Scholarship
    Scholarship for motivated Undergraduate and Graduate science, medical or biology students of Southeast Asian heritage.

Arab Descent


Latino and/or Hispanic




Immigrants and migrant workers

No documentation required

Refugees or asylum seekers


  • The Hegg Hoffet Fund
    Refresher courses for women to re-enter their professional
    field, language courses for integration into their new country, or courses necessary to pass required national exams.

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