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Merit Scholarships for Incoming Transfer Students

UMBC offers competitive merit scholarships for incoming community college transfer students. The Academic Achievement Award for Transfers (AAAT) and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award are awarded based on academic accomplishment and timely application. Students may collect either the AAAT or the PTK award, but not both. Merit scholarships do not require separate application.

Eligibility Criteria

For the Academic Achievement Award for Transfers
  • Consideration begins at 3.5 minimum cumulative transfer GPA
    • Based on entire post-secondary education
    • Based upon a numerical standard and the competition of the applicant pool
  • Completion of 35 or more credits at the time of application
  • $2,500 ($1,250 per semester) for each of two academic years of study
For the Phi Theta Kappa Award
  • Consideration begins at 3.5 minimum cumulative transfer GPA
    • Based on entire post-secondary education
    • Based upon a numerical standard and the competition of the applicant pool
  • Completion of at least 30 credits at the time of application
  • Proof of PTK membership must be included with admission application
  • $2,500 ($1,250 per semester) for each of two academic years of study
For the Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) Award
  • A member of the TSA Program with UMBC
  • Completion of an earned associate’s degree at AACC, CCBC, HCC, MC or PGCC within four years of initial Pre-TSA Program acceptance. (Official transcript must be submitted to UMBC Admissions showing an earned Associate’s degree)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.5 composite GPA at the time of transfer application
  • Enrollment at UMBC within one year of completion of the associate’s degree
  • Not matriculated at any other institution of higher education after Pre-TSA Program acceptance
  • $1,500 ($750 per semester) for each of two academic years of study

For additional information, please visit the Transfer Student Alliance Program website.

Award Maintenance/Requirements

  • May be used for full or part-time study (award is pro-rated for part-time down to 6 credits)
  • Must maintain a 3.00 GPA

Priority Deadlines

  • March 1 for fall applicants
  • October 15 for spring applicants