The Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program is funded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and administered by UMBC’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The award is for Maryland resident undergraduate and graduate students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Children, stepchildren and surviving spouses (who have not remarried) of members of the United States Armed Forces who died as a result of military service or who suffered a service-connected 100% permanent disability as a result of military service;
- A veteran who suffers a service-connected disability of 25% or greater as a result of military service, and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits;
- A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict, who was a resident of the State of Maryland during their designation as a POW/MIA, and their children or stepchildren;
- Children, stepchildren and surviving spouses (who have not remarried) of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania;
- Children, stepchildren and surviving spouses (who have not remarried) of state or local public safety employees or volunteers who either died in the line of duty or sustained an injury in the line of duty that rendered the public safety employee or volunteer 100% disabled;
- Children, stepchildren and surviving spouses (who have not remarried) of a school employee who, as a result of an act of violence, either died in the line of duty or sustained an injury in the line of duty that rendered the school employee 100% disabled.
If you meet one or more of these criteria, you are encouraged to apply for the scholarship program. Please be advised that this program has a hard deadline of July 15. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after July 15 cannot be considered.
Applications should be submitted electronically via DocuSign. Please download the PDF application below, complete all applicable sections and upload your application alongside all required documentation using the DocuSign form below.
The 2020-2021 Application Cycle has ended. Please check back in March 2021 for the 2021-2022 application.
Please note that the documentation required for your application will differ based upon your specific eligibility. It is highly recommended that you review documentation requirements as established by the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) prior to submitting your application.
Please note that your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of your eligibility via myUMBC email within two to four weeks of submission.
Awards may be held for five years of full-time study (12+ credits per semester for undergraduate students; 9+ credits per semester for graduate students) or eight years of part-time study (6-11 credits per semester for undergraduate students; 6-8 credits per semester for graduate students) or a combination of both. Audited and/or waitlisted courses may not be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time enrollment status.
If your initial application was approved at UMBC in a prior year, your award can be renewed subject to the maximum term limit. Renewal awards will be identified automatically. Awardees will be requested to certify their anticipated enrollment by completing a Renewal Request Form.
If your initial application was approved at another institution, you will need to submit the application above to be considered for renewal.
Please monitor your myUMBC account for a request to complete a 2020-21 Renewal Request Form beginning April 10, 2020.
The amount of your award will be equivalent to the sum of annual tuition and mandatory fees of a resident undergraduate student at UMBC, not to exceed $9,420 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Awards to the child, stepchild or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks may not exceed the amount specified above when combined with any other scholarships received by a student based on the student’s status as a child, stepchild or spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Due to COVID-19, 2020-2021 tuition and fee amounts were finalized in July 2020. As a result, 2020-2021 awarding is will be completed by the end of July 2020, following the application deadline. Awards are subject to change based on any adjustments to Spring 2021 tuition and fees as campus plans change with the evolving COVID-19 situation.
All eligibility decisions are emailed to students. Eligible students will see the scholarship reflected in their award offer on their myUMBC account after their initial financial aid offer has been made. Ineligible students may appeal to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. A typed letter and supporting eligibility documentation must be provided if requesting an appeal. Documentation should be forwarded to Joseph Michelizzi, Assistant Director.
Please note that funds may not be available to award all eligible students. Under Maryland law, program regulations limit the number of Conroy & Cryor Scholarships an institution may award annually to veterans who suffer from a service-connected disability of 25% or greater.