University of Maryland Baltimore County

University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Site: A Community of Young Scholars: Achieving Student Diversification and Retention in Mechanical Engineering


The Mechanical Engineering (ME) S-STEM Program at UMBC aims to provide enhanced educational opportunities to 24 economically disadvantaged and academically talented undergraduate students in the ME Department. Through scholarships and supplemental support services, this program promotes full-time enrollment and will elevate the scholastic achievement of the S-STEM scholars, with a special emphasis on females and/or underrepresented minorities. It will provide a holistic and novel educational experience combining science, engineering, technology and medicine to improve student retention and future career prospects.

Key Elements:

  • The S-STEM scholarship is a need and academic performance based scholarship for to up to 24 students annually, in an average amount of $4,500.
  • The program is aimed at recruiting, mentoring, and supporting undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering at UMBC.
  • It incorporates research experiences into education via seminars and access to research laboratories.
  • It provides academic and professional development opportunities that identify employment and paths for graduate study.
  • It incorporates innovative approaches to improve students’ transfer experience from local community colleges.
  • The S-STEM program has a dedicated leadership team consisting of research and educational faculty with student support specialists.

Application Requirements for all Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Scholars:

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must complete the application form.
  • Must write a letter of interest (250 words maximum, typed).
  • Must attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher if you’re a high school senior.
  • Must attach a copy of current Student Aid Report generated from FAFSA (UMBC ID# is 002105,
  • Must be accepted for admission to the UMBC Mechanical Engineering program and maintain a full-time student status.
  • Must attach a copy of a high school or college transcript.

Requirements for Acceptance and Timeline for Consideration:

Criteria for New Applicants and/or Continuation of Current S-STEM Scholars at UMBC
CategorySources of ApplicationCriteria for ConsiderationDeadline
Current High School SeniorsGPA of 2.75; recommendation of one teacher; letter of interestApril 1st for Fall
Recent High School Graduates (within 3 years)GPA of 2.75 at graduation; one recommendation letter; letter of interestApril 1st for Fall
Community College Transfer StudentsGPA of 2.75; 12 credits earned within the last 2 years; letter of interestApril 1st for Fall
Current UMBC StudentsGPA of 2.75; 6 credits of Mechanical Engineering coursework; letter of interestApril 1st for Fall ; December 1st for Spring
Other: Returning and transfer students from other 4-yr collegesGPA of 2.75; recommendation letter from Student Support Services counselor or director; letter of interestApril 1st for Fall ; December 1st for Spring
Note: All awardees must meet financial aid criteria as established by the U.S. Department of Education and evaluated by UMBC’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for financial need.

Scholarship Renewal Criteria:

  • Maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.75.
  • Continue as a full-time student in the Mechanical Engineering Program at UMBC.
  • Participate in all required Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program activities.
  • Complete the program questionnaires.
May 15, 2014

For more information and to apply, visit

University of Maryland

University System of Maryland
2014 – 2015 Regents Scholarships
For Maryland Community College Transfer Students

Regents Scholarships & Grants
Number of awards


3.8 GPA or higher
Complete a minimum of 56 credits
Demonstrate financial need
Pursue any major leading to a bachelor’s degree at any USM institution
Kelly at Hagerstown
3.8 GPA or higher
Complete a minimum of 56 credits
Demonstrate financial need
Pursue any major leading to a bachelor’s degree at USM Hagerstown Center
Shaeffer for Part-Time Students
4.0 GPA
Complete an associate’s degree
Pursue a bachelor’s degree at any USM institution on a part-time basis
Tuition & fees will be provided plus a small stipend for books & expenses
4.0 GPA
Complete an associate’s degree
Pursue any major leading to a bachelor’s degree at any USM institution

To view the scholarship applications, visit

Required Documentation

1.     Nomination letter from the community college president
2.     Scholarship Application
3.     Personal Statement of the student’s educational and career goals
4.     Official copy of the community college transcript – we prefer Electronic Transcript to USM Office, FICE code 007959
5.     Unofficial copies or grade slips from all other colleges and universities attended
6.     Résumé or listing of the student’s extracurricular and community activities
7.     Evidence of the student’s scholarly and creative activities – limit of two items (can include scanned copies of artwork, photos, creative projects, research papers, published material, honors, awards, etc.)
8.     One or two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff members at the community college 
9.     Please do not submit the application items in folders or binders - staples or clips are permitted.

Please note:

1.     Preference will be given to Maryland residents during the scholarship selection process.
2.     Students must submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for any of the Kelly Regents Scholarships or Grants.
3.     Items with the student’s personal information should be sent by more secure means such as fax, direct mailing or Electronic Transcript. 
4.     Other documentation -- such as letters of nomination, scholarly/creative evidence, or recommendations -- may be sent by fax or by email with attachments. 

If a student wishes to apply for multiple scholarships for which they are qualified, they need to submit individual applications for each scholarship.

The deadline to submit Regents Scholarship Applications and Checklists to a campus representative is 4:00 p.m. on May 2, 2014.

Germantown: Helen Dias –, Germantown Counseling Center, SA 175
Rockville: Jessica Present –, Rockville Counseling Center, CB 212 
Takoma Park/Silver Spring: Jeri Gresham –, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Counseling Center, ST 125

Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship

Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship

$2,000 stipend will be used to pay for tuition and/or books and will be in addition to, and not to conflict with, any other scholarships or grants that the student may be entitled to. The scholarship funds will be remitted directly to the bursar’s office at the student’s school.

  • High school/College/University grade point average of 2.5 or greater, or GED certification with a recommendation from an academic advisor.
  • Must attend a Maryland accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Significant contribution of voluntary community service during the last 12 months.
  • The applicant must not be more than a third generation Hispanic. Established home residency in the State of Maryland for at least two (2) years prior to the award date of the scholarship.

The application deadline is May 30, 2014.

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Universities at Shady Grove

The Universities at Shady Grove 

Terp Transfer Partnership Scholarship

The Universities at Shady Grove Terp Transfer Partnership (USG TTP) is a new transfer access program designed to benefit Montgomery College students who plan to transfer to a University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Bachelor's degree program at USG.
At the end of the Fall semester, the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) announced that they have developed a need-based scholarship program for the Terp Transfer Partnership (TTP). Students that successfully complete all requirements of the TTP program will be eligible for a scholarship  that will fund the difference between MC and UMCP tuition rates for the first academic year upon transfer their program at the Universities at Shady Grove.

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UMBC Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

UMBC Merit Scholarships for Incoming Transfer Students

UMBC offers competitive merit scholarships for incoming community college transfer students. The Academic Achievement Award for Transfers (AAAT) and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award are awarded based on academic accomplishment and timely application. Students may collect either the AAAT or the PTK award, but not both.

For the Academic Achievement Award for Transfers
  • 3.70 minimum cumulative transfer GPA (based on entire post-secondary education)
  • Completion of 35 or more credits at the time of application
For the Phi Theta Kappa Award
  • 3.70 minimum cumulative transfer GPA (based on entire post-secondary education)
  • Completion of at least 30 credits at the time of application
  • Proof of PTK membership must be included with admission application
Award Amount/Terms
  • $2,500 ($1,250 per semester) for each of two academic years of study
  • May be used for full or part-time study (award is pro-rated for part-time down to 6 credits)
  • Must maintain a 3.00 GPA
Priority Deadlines
  • March 15 for fall applicants
  • November 1 for spring applicants

UMBC Transfer Student Alliance

A Transfer Agreement with UMBC - Transfer Student Alliance


  • A 25% tuition discount for one UMBC course per term (not to exceed a total of 3 discounted courses) offered at the UMBC campus or at the Universities at Shady Grove.
TSA Benefits for Students Ready to Transfer
  • Guaranteed transfer to UMBC.
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing upon initial enrollment at UMBC
  • A $1,500 merit scholarship for each of two years of full-time study.
TSA Eligibility Requirements
  • Must have completed 12 credits with a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Complete an Associate's Degree with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA within four years of initial program qualification.
  • Enroll at UMBC or a UMBC program at the Universities at Shady Grove within one year of completion of the Associate's Degree.
  • Must not enroll at any other institution of higher education after program acceptance.
The TSA program is intended for students in their first year of study at MC. Students with fewer than 30 credits are eligible to apply. However, you must have at least 12 credits at MC with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 in order to be considered for admission into the TSA program.
Enrollment forms for the TSA Program are accepted on a rolling basis. For participation on the program benefits, please be sure to submit the TSA Enrollment Form.
TSA Application Deadlines
Students who anticipate having at least 12 credits and a cumulative 3.2 GPA by the end of the current semester should apply by:
January 1 to participate in program benefits for the following spring semester.
May 1 for the following fall semester.
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Georgetown University

Georgetown Preferred Consideration Program

For over 20 years, Georgetown University has solicited nominations from a select number of community colleges to participate in the Georgetown Preferred Consideration Program. We are pleased that Montgomery College is one of the select community colleges that Georgetown includes in this program.

This program invites MC to recommend two or three strong applicants interested in continuing their studies at Georgetown. The typical student accepted under this transfer admission program has achieved a college GPA of 3.8 or higher.

Any student who would like to be considered for this Georgetown Preferred Program needs to submit the following documents: 

·         Proof that your admission application has been submitted to Georgetown.
·         Copies of your Georgetown admission application essays.
·         1-2 letters of recommendation. 
·         Resume
·         Transcripts from all Colleges or Universities attended.
For more information, contact:

Rockville – Jessica Present, 
Germantown – Maria Dias, 
Takoma Park/Silver Spring

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Cyber Scholars Program

The goal of the UMBC Cyber Scholars Program is to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in an increasingly digital age.
The UMBC Cyber Scholars Program is a new scholarship program directed by the new UMBC Center for Cybersecurity and run in partnership with UMBC’s Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Scholars program. The program is funded by a generous $1 million grant from theNorthrop Grumman Foundation.
The program began in Fall 2013 with a goal to support 15 to 20 scholars annually. Scholars are supported financially and incorporated into a scholarship community that includes special on-campus housing, unique courses, mentoring, and the chance to take part in cybersecurity research and internships early in their academic careers.
Read about the experiences of members of the first Cyber Scholars cohort here.

$5,000- $15,000 scholarship per year.
The scholarship is more than a financial award; it is a program that fosters a community through common on-campus living-learning housing, events, and activities. Cyber Scholars will learn from and support one another throughout their college careers, and from core interaction with UMBC faculty and mentors.
During their time in the program, Cyber Scholars will take part in at least one targeted cybersecurity internship at a local company or government organization.
Every Cyber Scholar is also assigned a faculty mentor who is pursuing cybersecurity-related research of their own. Mentors will help scholars customize their academic schedules and find internship and research opportunities best suited to them. Cyber Scholars will have the chance to carry out original research within their field.

Transferring to UMBC with a minimum of 60 credits.
Have a 3.25 GPA each semester and a cumulative GPA of 3.2.

How to Apply - Applicants must submit the following materials
  • Cyber Application 2014
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official High School or College Transcript
  • Official Standardized Test Scores (SAT or ACT)**
  • UMBC Undergraduate Admission Application
*If any of these items have already been sent to UMBC, you do not need to re-submit them.
**ACT and SAT scores are not required for transfer students or current UMBC students.

Mail completed application to:
Cindy Greenwood
Center for Women in Technology (CWIT)
1000 Hilltop Circle, ITE 452
Baltimore, MD 21250

February, 2015

Cindy Greenwood
Assistant Director
(410) 455-3881

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Juniata College

Juniata College Transfer Scholarships

James Quinter Scholarships, valued at $80,000 over four years ($20,000 per year), honor the College’s first president.  Students whose cumulative GPA is 3.75 or better and who receive at least a 1320 (M+V)/30 ACT Composite or better are eligible for consideration.  For students transferring 27 or more credits, their GPA for college credits will be used. For others, a combination of college and high school credits will be used.
Calvert Ellis Scholarships, valued at up to $80,000 over four years (up to $20,000 per year), honor the president who led Juniata in the post-World War II era.  These scholarships range from $10,000 to $20,000 per year and are determined by a review of the student’s academic, extracurricular and community achievements. 
Heritage and Ray Day Scholarships, valued between $2,000 and $8,000 per year are awarded to students who show commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community service that culminate in a level of understanding among diverse groups.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships - Two $24,000 scholarships at Juniata College are awarded annually to transfer students with outstanding academic achievements signified by a grade point average of no less than 3.85. Eligibility is limited to members of Phi Theta Kappa Honorary who have completed a minimum of forty-five semester hours. Selection of scholarship recipients is based on applications, and interviews and considers extracurricular and community experiences in addition to academic work. To apply, contact Brett Basom, Director of Admission and Transfer Coordinator, by email at

All of the Juniata academic scholarships are available to any student regardless of citizenship status (US citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented).

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Juniata College NSF S-STEM Scholarship
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Juniata College a "Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" (S-STEM) grant to provide community/two year college transfer students with scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for the two years needed to complete a B.S. degree. The S-STEM scholarship is only available to US citizens and legal permanent residents.

The NSF S-STEM Scholarship is awarded in addition to Juniata College’s normal generous financial aid package. This combination makes obtaining a B.S degree from a leading selective Liberal Arts college affordable for transfer students by providing an additional scholarship to help meet a students financial need. This is a very appealing program for a student who has gone to a junior college, gained a two-year degree and discovered their interest in pursuing a graduate degree.

The application process is competitive and directed at academically strong students with demonstrated financial need* who are considering careers in BiologyMolecular BiologyBiochemistryChemistryEarth and Environmental SciencesGeosciencePhysics or Pre-Engineering. (Details of the programs offered by Juniata College in these areas and faculty research interests can be found by clicking on the discipline name).
Juniata College is recognized as a leader in the preparation of successful scientists. Juniata ranked in the top 10% of 512 selective primarily undergraduate institutions in the numbers of graduates going on to complete doctoral degrees in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics (National Research Council, 2001).  Five of Juniata’s science alumni are currently members of the National Academy of Sciences, one has received a Nobel Prize in Physics and many hold leadership positions in academic, public and private sectors. Our students win national recognition, honors and awards. 

Key Program Features
  • Up to $10,000 Scholarship in addition to the normal financial aid package for two years depending on financial need.
  • Transfer with Junior standing.
  • Paid 10 week Summer Research experience on a project with a Juniata Faculty member following completion of junior year at Juniata.
  • Make a presentation on your research at the Juniata College Annual Liberal Arts Symposium and at professional society meetings.
  • Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

University of Baltimore

University of Baltimore, Wilson Presidential Scholarship

The Wilson Scholarship is a 100% tuition scholarship (covers in-state tuition amount only, but with the Maryland Dream Act this would cover all for many undocumented students as well depending upon their eligibility for that program) for University of Baltimore and may be applied to any of their programs. There is no citizenship requirement and international students are welcome to apply.

Many past MC students have won this prestigious scholarship and MC has a significant number of "guaranteed" scholarship spots for applicants who turn their applications into the Transfer Scholarship Coordinating Committee by February 14. (Please note that students who meet the criteria may also self-nominate (send the application in themselves) but the guaranteed spots occur through nomination through the MC committee.) If a student does not get nominated by the committee, they will be notified and have time to self-nominate.


1. Student must complete at least 60 credits prior to enrollment with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must be working toward their first Bachelor Degree. If there are credits from an additional institution, they must be submitted and figured into a cross-institutional GPA (min of 3.5)
2. Students must submit a completed application with transcripts from all prior institutions attended
3. Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a college faculty member)
4. A four-hundred-word essay.
5. Students must apply for admission before the scholarship application will be considered.

APPLICATION – There are two ways to apply:

1. Turn in your completed application to your campus representative (listed below) by February 14. (If the committee has more applications than the allotted number of guarantee spots, we will return the application to the student so you may self-nominate).
2. Send in your completed application to UB by March 1.

QUESTIONS? Contact your campus representative:

Rockville: Jessica Present,
Germantown: Maria Dias, 
Takoma Park/Silver Spring: Jeri Gresham,

UB Wilson Scholarship Application -

Merit Transfer Scholarships
Incoming transfer students will be automatically considered for merit scholarships based on your cumulative transfer GPA from all previously attended schools. Full-time students with a GPA of 2.5 or greater may receive up to $2,500 per academic year.
Full-time students beginning class in the fall semester who have a GPA of 3.5 or greater and are admitted on or before April 15 may be considered for an additional $1,000 scholarship.
Half-time students with a GPA of 2.5 or greater may receive $500 per academic year when enrolled in at least 6 credits.
To qualify for a UB merit scholarship, click here.

UMBC Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program

The Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program is for high achieving students with a passion for STEM disciplines and a strong desire to teach.

Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program Highlights:
·         Scholarships of up to $10,000 per academic year are awarded
·         When scholars graduate and enter the classroom, alumni and community support continue through the first few years of teaching

UMBC Contact Information:

Rehana Shafi, Director,

The application, which can be found here - is due on March 15, 2014.

Stevenson University

Stevenson University Transfer Scholarships

Transfer Fellowship
Stevenson University's Transfer Fellowship recognizes incoming transfer students who have the potential to make a lasting impact on the Stevenson community as shown by their commitment to academic excellence along with proven leadership in scholastic-based activities, community service, and/or athletics. In identifying Transfer Fellows, Stevenson seeks to recognize students whose contribution to the university will be meaningful and in the spirit of innovation and discovery which has been the hallmark of Stevenson and its community.
Students designated as Transfer Fellows will receive a full-tuition scholarship for full-time, undergraduate, non-accelerated enrollment starting Fall 2014 (renewable for up to 4 years).


To be considered for the Transfer Fellowship, applicants must:
  1. Submit a completed Undergraduate admissions application for Fall 2014 by Friday, April 25, 2014 (postmark deadline) or apply online.
    1. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, including current.
    2. Official high school transcript if college credits earned are less than 30.
  2. Submit a completed Transfer Fellowship application by April 25, 2014 (postmark deadline).
    1. Fellowship application form
    2. Short response
    3. Career Cornerstone


The Transfer Fellowship Committee will review the Fellowship Applications and reply to the applicants as they become complete. Finalists will be contacted to arrange an on-campus interview. Interviews will be conducted on the Owings Mills Campus during the weeks of April 28 and May 5.

Merit-Based Scholarships for Transfer Students
Cumulative GPA
Average Award
3.8 or Greater
3.65 to 3.79
3.5 to 3.64
3.35 to 3.49
3.0 to 3.34
2.8 to 2.99
Transfer students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement may be awarded the Stevenson University Transfer Scholarship. All eligibility requirements listed below must be met for consideration. This merit-based award may reach $14,000 annually for a maximum of four consecutive years. On average, transfer applicants who have completed 28 credits or more receive amounts similar to those outlined in the chart below. (Applicants with less than 28 credits or slightly less than a 2.8 GPA may be considered with outstanding standardized test scores and/or high school GPA.) All applicants are automatically reviewed.
GPA and credits considered: Earned by February 1 for fall start and October 1 for spring start.
  • Complete the Stevenson University undergraduate admissions application process, including all required admissions documentation, by May 1 for fall and November 1 for spring. Applications completed after these dates are considered for scholarships on a funds available basis only.
  • No additional separate scholarship application is required.
  • Receive acceptance to a SU traditional bachelor degree program, and maintain full-time enrollment in a traditional, non-accelerated program.
  • Must be first-time bachelor's degree-seeking applicant.
  • If seeking the SU Honors Incentive for Transfer Students, provide proof of membership in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) or other college honors program or society.
Honors Incentive for Transfer Students
Members of PTK or another college honors society or program may be considered for the Stevenson University Honors Incentive for Transfer Students. Candidates must meet all eligibility requirements listed above. This merit-based award is $2,000 annually for up to four consecutive years and can be awarded in addition to the SU Transfer Scholarship.
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University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Maryland, Baltimore County MARC U*STAR Transfer Scholarship

Minority Access to Research Careers
Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research

Nearly full fall and spring tuition at UMBC.
A generous stipend, defined by Federal standards, to help defray the cost of room and board.
Travel funds for approved scientific meetings.
Extensive academic and career advising support.
Supplemental courses in Scientific Writing; and Research Ethics and Integrity.
Opportunities for seminars and activities.
Guidance in applying to graduate school.
GRE Prep Course (tentative).

Transferring to UMBC with a minimum of 60 credits.
Have a 3.2 GPA each semester and a cumulative GPA of 3.2.
Plan to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in biomedical research or mathematics.
Demonstrate an interest in the advancement of underrepresented minorities in the sciences.
Citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident of the United States.
Agree to fulfill all program requirements including a sustained research project with an approved mentor from UMBC or another nearby research facility throughout the academic year.

The MARC U* STAR Trainee Application is due February 21, 2014.

Dr. Jackie King, MARC U*STAR Program Assistant Director

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