Learn about scholarship and financial aid opportunities at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Preparing to attend college can be one of the most exciting moments in our lives. Unfortunately, worrying about paying for your education can also be one of the most overwhelming. That’s why the University of Maryland Eastern Shore strives to offer affordable tuition rates—we aim to make higher education more accessible for all our students. In addition, we also offer many scholarships for college students at UMES that can help you pay for your education and minimize the financial burden when graduating.

Ninety percent [90%] of our students qualify for financial aid to help pay for their undergraduate degrees, and we award $10 million in scholarships annually—making UMES a great financial decision for earning your degree. Below, we cover important information about paying for college, as well as the many scholarship and financial aid opportunities available to UMES students.


Before you begin researching scholarships for college, it’s a good idea to get a sense of tuition rates and fees to help you plan and think about how much scholarships can help you.

Beyond tuition, there are other fees and costs that can affect how much you’ll need to attend UMES. Learn more about understanding your cost of attendance and how college scholarships can help you pay for housing, food, course materials, and other expenses. Students wondering how to earn a scholarship should check out our net price calculator to see what scholarship and financial aid options they qualify for and how much they can help with the cost of a UMES education.

Campus, Community & Local Scholarship Opportunities

Campus [UMES] ScholarshipsLocal [non-UMES] Scholarships
*UMES HBCU Initiative Scholarship*American Association of University Women-Easton Branch 2024 Mature Woman’s Grant [Women ages 25+; must reside in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot County] [June 3, 2024]
*University System of Maryland Women’s Forum Student Scholarship [Up to $1,000, UGRD & GRAD] [June 15, 2024]*
*DE-DC-MD Association of Financial Aid Administrators Scholarship [$1,000] [June 15, 2024]*

Ongoing Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities

There are several scholarships for college students both throughout the university and in specific academic fields—as well as scholarship and financial aid packages for Ph.D. students and students who require childcare while enrolled. Learn more about the organizations and funds that provide scholarships for college students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore:

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Aspiring Academics Program 

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Summer Research Exchange Mentorship Program

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE)

CVS Health Minority Scholarship for Pharmacy Students 

Ray Charles Foundation Scholarship [UGRD & GRAD] [April 15, annually]

Inclusive Engineering Consortium 2to4 Scholarship [Ongoing]

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship (Ph.D. Candidates) 

U.S. Fulbright Student Program

Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Scholarship Program

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities for International Students

Part of what makes the University of Maryland Eastern Shore such a uniquely diverse university is our large number of international students, who represent more than 33 countries. If you are an international student wondering how to earn a scholarship to attend UMES, below is a list of the associations and foundations that sponsor scholarships for college students from across the globe, as well as a search engine to search for international college scholarships:

Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships for College Students from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Portugal 

American Association of University Women Grants for International Students

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship

Asian Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants

Fulbright Program for Foreign Students and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

MPOWER Financing Global Citizen Scholarship

International Student College Scholarship Search Engine

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People {NAACP}

All Scholarships are non-renewable and close on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM, EST.

2024-25 Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship [$2,000]
2024-25 Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship Powered by Dark & Lovely [$10,000]
2024-25 Empowering a Better Tomorrow Scholarship Powered by Walmart [$5,000]
2024-25 James Weldon Johnson Scholarship Powered by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. [$1,500]
2024-25 Hubertus W. V. Willems Scholarship [$3,000]
2024-25 Ed Dwight Scholarship [$2,500]
2024-25 NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship Powered by Vans [$5,000]
2024-25 NAACP x Society Awards Scholarship [$8,000]
2024-25 Write Your Future Scholarship [$10,000]

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund

We are proud to offer many unique scholarship and financial aid options through the prestigious Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which supports students at HBCUs across the country. TMCF and UMES are opening the door to college for more students from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds through need- and merit-based college scholarships. Learn more about individual scholarships below:

2023-2024 Sallie Mae Fund Completing the Dream Gap Scholarship [June 28, 2024]

2024-2025 Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation Scholarship [Open Until All Funds Are Exhausted]

The United Negro College Fund Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore partners with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to provide scholarships for college students of color—including Black women in STEM. Together, we’re fostering diversity in both higher education and the professional world beyond the classroom. To begin, check out the UNCF College Readiness Toolkit [CB1] to find a help guide on preparing for college. Read on to learn more about how to earn a scholarship through the UNCF:

UNCF College Readiness Toolkit: A College Readiness Guide [Resource]

UNCF Merit- BasedUNCF Need- Based
2024-2025 CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship [May 31, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]2024-2025 Intellia Therapeutics UNCF Scholarship Program
[May 31, 2024, 5:00 PM EST]
2024-2025 The Target Advancing Design Diversity Scholarship
[May 28, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]
2024 UNCF 3M Science. Applied Life. Scholarship [May 27, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]

Current Scholarships Closing in JUNE 2024 & BEYOND
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service [VAVS] National Advisory Committee [NAC] James H. Parke Memorial ScholarshipDecember 31, 2024
Stanford Advanced Materials [Spherical Powder Technology, Aerospace, Biomedical Energy and/or Electronics] [$1,000]September 1, 2024
U.S. Department of Defense Scholarship-for-Service Program: SMART Scholarship Eligibility & STEM DisciplinesAugust 1, 2024
The American Legion Baseball ScholarshipJuly 15, 2024
Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship ContestJune 30, 2024
Demetrios Agathangelides Memorial Agricultural Sciences Scholarship [$5,000]June 30, 2024
2024 Abbott & Fenner [A&F] Scholarship [$1,000]June 10, 2024
Lance Bradford S[cience] T[echnology] E[ngineering] M[ath] Scholarship [$1,000]May 30, 2024
*Citizens Monthly Scholarship* [$2,500]Open

Maryland Higher Education Commission

UMES also provides many scholarship and financial aid options along with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, which is the state’s higher education regulatory and coordinating board and issues more than $100 million each year in scholarships for college. Learn more HERE.

Wor-Wic Community College Alumni Scholarship:
Learn More Here!

Other Sources of Scholarship and Financial Aid Assistance

In addition to the many scholarships for college that we offer, you can also find financial assistance through other form of funding, including:



Student Freedom Initiative


Contact Us about Scholarship and Financial Aid Questions

With so many scholarships for college, we know it can get overwhelming trying to find the right ones for you. That’s why our dedicated staff are here to help answer any of your questions about how to earn a scholarship. Here is some more information to help you on your journey to finding the right scholarships for college and making sure that you receive your money on time:



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