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Undergraduate scholarships

Giving makes discovery happen for talented students from all economic backgrounds

Each day, nearly 11,000 undergraduates come to our campuses, classrooms, and laboratories. They are tomorrow's leaders. But they need help today.

At the UMD, students are following their passions and finding the path that will lead them toward a lifetime of fulfillment. Helping these talented students is one of the University's top priorities. For many, the opportunity for a world-class education would not exist without the generosity of donors who have made gifts to support scholarships.

Student Corey Bolen

"The generosity of donors allows me to greatly reduce the amount of loans I need. This scholarship makes it so I can focus on my studies and achieve my goals." -Cory Bolen, organizational management major

In addition to defraying the cost of tuition, scholarships provide other benefits to a student's experience:

  • Incentive to make the most of college and graduate on time.

  • Freedom to explore interests beyond the classroom.

  • A more solid financial footing upon graduation, with fewer or no loans to pay back.

Thanks to scholarship funds donated by alumni and friends, UMD is able to provide scholarships to undergraduates based on academic merit and financial need. Studying everything from accounting to women’s studies, these students exemplify the UMD’s drive to discover and the significant impact that gifts of all sizes can have.

Graduate fellowships

Thanks to fellowships, UMD is able to compete for the most talented students.

The recruitment of high-quality graduate students is key to maintaining and advancing a primary purpose of UMD: deepening what we know about our world and ensuring that new knowledge becomes available to policy makers, community leaders, and the public at large.

At UMD, as at any University, there is profound interdependence between stellar faculty and their talented graduate students. Under the direction of top scholars, graduate students in dozens of disciplines create knowledge while contributing greatly to the University's thriving intellectual community. They conduct research, lead outreach efforts, and complete project-based learning activities while developing into experts in their fields.