Thank you for your interest in the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. In addition to the information you supplied on the UMBC Common Application, you will need to complete the Meyerhoff 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. The application and all supplemental materials must be received by the priority deadline.
December 1, 2017 – Priority Deadline.
Applications will be accepted until the submission portal closes during Winter 2018.
Please refer to the information below in preparation for completing the Meyerhoff Scholars application.
UMBC Campus ID
The Meyerhoff application will require that you have your UMBC Campus ID. Your Campus ID will be sent approximately five to seven business days after you have submitted your Common Application to UMBC. We strongly encourage you to complete your undergraduate admissions package before November 1. This includes submission of your Common Application, high school transcript, and standardized test score results.
To be considered for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, prospective students must have at least a “B” average in high school science or math courses, and many applicants have completed a year or more of calculus. Preference is given to those who have taken advanced placement courses in math and science, have research experience, and have strong references from science or math instructors. In recent years, a strong preference has been given to those students interested in the Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (over the M.D.).
Students must meet all eligibility requirements:
- Minimum of 600 on the Math component of the SAT or a composite score of 24 on the ACT
- Cumulative High School GPA of a 3.0 or above
- Aspire to obtain a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in Math, Science, Computer Science, or Engineering
- Display commitment to community service
- Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
You should prepare short essay answers of 500 words or less. The application will allow you to cut and paste your answers from your word processing software into the form. The questions you will need to answer are:
- Discuss your educational goals beyond completion of your undergraduate degree.
- Discuss your career goals.
- Describe your scholarly or creative activities; the committee welcomes copies of research papers, honors, or awards, published material, etc.
- List and describe your extracurricular activities, awards and community service involvement.
- List all courses that you will take during your senior year. In addition, please also list the most advanced math course taken.
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 obtain two Recommendations from teachers or research mentors/advisors who are familiar with your work; at least one recommendation should be from a math or science teacher.
There are three methods of submission outlined below. Please communicate with recommenders to identify their preferred method and allow enough time for a December 1 submission.
- Students may upload and attach an electronic version of their recommendations (jpeg, pdf, doc) using the online Meyerhoff application.
- Students may provide each recommender with a Meyerhoff Recommendation Form to be completed and sent by mail or fax (details on form).
- Recommenders may choose to personally upload the Meyerhoff Recommendation Form and supporting documents via our contact form. Note recommenders are not required to be listed on the student’s Authorization to Disclose Information Form
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.
- The Meyerhoff mission is to increase the representation and leadership of minorities in science and engineering research. How would you help achieve the mission?