Funding & Scholarships
Transfer Student Scholarships
Frederick Douglass Scholarship
The Frederick Douglass Scholarship (FDS) is a prestigious University of Maryland (UMD) award for academically talented transfer students from a Maryland community college.
This merit-based scholarship awards 30 full and 15 partial tuition scholarships to students who are selected from a rigorous review and interview process. This exceptional academic scholarship honors the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, who made lasting contributions to American history through his work as an abolitionist, suffragist, author and agent of positive change. The Frederick Douglass Scholarship application must be submitted no later than March 1 by 5:00 p.m. Selected students will be invited to campus for an interview in late March or early April as part of the final scholarship review process. Frederick Douglass Scholars will be notified via mail by the end of April. If you should have any questions please email FDS@umd.edu. Learn more here.
Maryland Transfer Scholarship
The Maryland Transfer Scholarship provides partial-tuition awards ranging from $5,000 distributed equally over two semesters to $10,000 distributed equally over four consecutive semesters. Only in-state students transferring to the University of Maryland from a two-year or four-year institution are eligible. Students must apply for admission by the early action deadline and must submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline of January 1. Students are considered for this award on the basis of academic talent and demonstrated financial need. To maintain the scholarship, students must be enrolled full time beginning this fall academic semester and maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 3.20. Each fall, roughly 200 Maryland Transfer Scholarship recipients are welcomed to campus.
President’s Transfer Scholarship
The President’s Transfer Scholarship provides funding for a maximum of two years to out-of-state transfer students enrolled at the University of Maryland. The annual award is in the amount of $5,000 and is determined through a competitive process based on academic talent. Only out-of-state applicants are eligible to receive the President’s Transfer Scholarship. No separate application is required for consideration, as recipients are identified through evaluation of admission application materials including academic achievement, extracurricular activities, awards, honors and an essay.
2+2 Transfer Scholarship (MHEC)
The 2+2 Transfer Scholarship is designed to assist and encourage transfer students from Maryland community colleges to attend a 4-year institution within the State. Students must be enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution. The annual award amount will be $2,000. The scholarship may be used for tuition and mandatory fees for 3 years of study or six semesters of study, whichever is longer. All required documents must be submitted by March 1 to MHEC through MDCAPS. Learn more about eligibility, application, renewal requirements, and FAQ here.
COE Transfer Student Scholarships
Once you apply and are admitted to UMD, you will be automatically considered for COE scholarships for which you meet selection criteria. The College of Education has a specific interest in recruiting Maryland resident students who are pursuing teaching. Our competitive awards are designed to encourage students to pursue careers in teacher education and meet employment demands for the State of Maryland.
Additional Scholarships for Transfer Students
Students looking for additional scholarships and grant resources should look at our general COE scholarship application, federal/state scholarships & grants, and diverity scholarships section of the website.