Merit Scholarships for Freshmen

We are dedicated to enrolling the most talented students, and we offer generous merit scholarships to back that up. These competitive awards are based on past academic performance and potential to excel at the university, not financial need.

To be considered for most merit scholarships, you must submit your completed undergraduate admission application for the fall semester by the priority deadline of Nov. 1. The eligibility requirements for each scholarship vary, but no separate application is necessary. Students are only eligible to receive one merit scholarship. Some scholarships require an on-campus interview. Admission decision letters are mailed by late January and merit scholarship award notifications begin in mid-March and continue through early April.

The Banneker/Key Scholarship is the most prestigious merit scholarship we offer to freshmen. It can cover up to the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees, room and board and a book allowance, and includes admission to the Honors College. Several other partial scholarships are offered, ranging from one- to four-year awards.  

In addition, several academic departments offer merit scholarships to their most promising students. You should contact the department, college or school directly for information about availability, eligibility, applications and deadlines. The Office of Student Financial Aid can also provide lots of information about outside sources for merit scholarships.

UMD students are often awarded the most prestigious scholarships.

UMD ranked #1 in the nation for Boren Scholarships for the previous two award years. This year, a record high of 12 undergraduates received the award.

This past year, our students were also recipients of the following scholarships and grants: Truman, Fulbright, Whitaker International, (U.K.) Marshall, Beinecke and Goldwater.


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