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Information for Current UMBC Scholars

UMBC Merit Scholars are recipients of institutional merit-based awards. For information regarding Maryland State or private scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

UMBC Scholar recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (which may vary depending upon their awarded scholarship) as well as maintain full-time (12+ credits) enrollment each fall and spring semester. Scholars are required to sign an agreement in order to officially accept their offer by the published deadline.

If scholars have questions concerning their agreement, they may access an electronic copy through myUMBC and view the terms and conditions of their scholarship. Scholars awarded prior to Spring 2015 may contact the Merit Scholarship Unit to access a copy of their agreement.

The Merit Scholarship Unit reviews scholars’ academic standing each fall and spring semester to ensure they are maintaining their scholarship requirements. Recipients failing to meet these requirements will lose their scholarship and be notified by mail of their award discontinuation.  Once a scholar has been discontinued from their merit scholarship, their award will not be reinstated regardless if the student is  able to meet the terms of their scholarship in a future semester.  Students will have a approximately 2-3 weeks following official notification to appeal the status of their discontinuation.

Scholars with extenuating circumstances may appeal their scholarship discontinuation by submitting a Scholarship Discontinuation Appeal.

Sending a Note of Thanks for a Scholarship

Students who receive a scholarship from a private or corporate donor should always send a note of gratitude for the support. Here are some guidelines to help you get started.