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Sherman STEM Teacher Application

Thank you for your interest in the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program. In addition to the information you supplied on the UMBC Common Application, you will need to complete the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars application to be considered as a candidate for the program. When completing the application you will not have the option to save and return at a later time. You will need to complete and submit your application in one sitting.

Priority Deadlines

Incoming Freshmen Deadline:

January 15, 2018

Continuing & Incoming Transfers Deadline:

Spring: October 15, 2017

Fall: April 15, 2018

Please refer to the information below in preparation for completing the Sherman Scholars application.

UMBC Campus ID

The Sherman application will require that you have your UMBC Campus ID. Incoming freshman and transfer students may begin receiving their UMBC Campus ID approximately five to seven business days after a Common Application has been successfully submitted. We strongly encourage you to complete your undergraduate admissions package by their published priority deadline. This includes submission of your Common Application, high school transcript, and standardized test score results.

Short Answers

You should prepare short essay answers of 250 – 500 words or less. The application will allow you to cut and paste your answers from your word processing software into the form. You will need to answer the following questions:

  1. What are your educational and career goals?  How does the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program fit into those goals?
  2. What is your motivation or inspiration to work with children from underserved communities?
  3. What makes for a great STEM classroom? Consider your personal experience as a student, experience working with young people, and ideas on promoting a positive learning environment.

Additional Documents

You are also free to submit any relevant documents that you believe strengthen your application. These documents can be submitted as attachments to the application. The documents must be either in an Adobe PDF format or a Microsoft Word document.


You will be required to submit two letters of recommendation addressing your suitability for this program. Recommendations should be from at least one letter should be from a STEM teacher and one from someone familiar with your academic work and leadership qualities. We will accept the letters of recommendation submitted with your application to UMBC if they meet the above criteria, but your application will be considered stronger if you have letters specifically for the Scholars Program.

You have the option to upload and attach an electronic version of your recommendation letters (jpeg, pdf, doc) using the online application or you may provide each recommender with this Scholars Program Recommendation Form In lieu of the online recommendation upload, the Recommendation Form should be completed and sent along with the letter of recommendation by mail or via our contact form. Please allow your recommenders enough time to complete and submit the letters before the January 15th (incoming freshmen), April 15th (Fall continuing & incoming transfers) and October 15th (Spring continuing & incoming transfers) deadline.

Honors College

You may also use this application to apply for the UMBC Honors College. Admission decisions for the Honors College are determined by a separate committee. For consideration, applicants should have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.00 scale in a strong college preparatory curriculum that includes honors, Advancement Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework.

If interested in pursuing this option, please answer the following essay question with a minimum of 600 words and attach to the application as an additional “Attachment” document.

  • What is one of the most significant problems facing teachers today? How would you solve the particular problem?