Finding Scholarships in Maryland
By Renee Gerber
, last updated August 18, 2011
As a student who comes from a family with a limited amount of income, you might think it is difficult or even impossible for you to attend college. However, you can do a search so that you can find a scholarship to which you can apply. If you reside in the state of Maryland, there are plenty of options that are available to you. These scholarship grants will help to cover your expenses in attending a college, university or vocational institution. Often, you can be accepted for one when you stay in your home state to study or even if you attend a school elsewhere.
Generally speaking, you can do your homework when it comes to researching the scholarships that are available in your home state. One of the ways you can do this is to visit The Foundation Center in Washington, DC, which is relatively close to Maryland. You can take the train there and research either by flipping through a reference book called Grants to Individuals, or you can peruse a CD ROM on a computer that is available at the library. Some of the best scholarships in Maryland are listed in these publications, and you can find out their contact information as well as how to apply to become a lucky recipient of an award.
The EMU National Scholars Program is available to students who want to study at least 30 credits per year -- on average, 15 credits per semester. It is available to residents of Maryland and all other states except for Michigan and Ohio, although the student must be a new freshman. In order to qualify for this scholarship award, the student must maintain a GPA or at least 3.5, and they must live at their university's housing facilities within the first two years of receiving it.
Students who reside in Maryland who wish to atten a two of four year institution of higher learning may be eligible for the Edward T. Conrow Memorial Scholarship. Exceptions are spouses or children of state of local public safety workers who lost their lives while on duty. If you are a child of the U.S. armed forces and your parent suffered a disability or died, you will also be eligible. In addition, children of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Virginia's Pentagon and of the Flight 93 in Pennsylvania may also meet eligibility standards. Of course, all of the above individuals must also be academically sound in order to qualify for the scholarships.
The Maryland Senatorial Scholarships are available to students who are Maryland residents who enroll at two or four year colleges or universities in the state. They can be either full or part time students who are undergraduates seeking a degree or graduate students. Students must have a demonstrated financial need for the scholarship and earned at least 24 college credit hours. In addition, the student must have taken the SAT or ACT unless they have graduated at least five or more years earlier.