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.

If you’re like many prospective UMES students, you are probably wondering how to earn a scholarship. Fortunately, we make it easy to apply for scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Also, 90 percent 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 college 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.

Aviation Scholarships

American Association of Airport Executives [AAAE] Foundation
2024-2025 Accredited Airport Executive [A.A.E.] Scholarship [March 15, 2024]
2024-2025 Endorsed by an Accredited Airport Executive [A.A.E.] Scholarship [March 15, 2024]
2024-2025 Aviation Management Scholarship [March 15, 2024]
2024-2025 AAAE Native American Scholarship [March 15, 2024]
2024-2025 AAAE Women in Aviation Scholarship [March 15, 2024]
2024-2025 AAAE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship [March 15, 2024]
2024-2025 The Oris W. Dunham, Jr. and Sylvia M. Dunham Scholarship [March 15, 2024]
The William Robert Hauptli Scholarship for Innovation and Entrepreneurship [March 15, 2024][
[Click HERE for the Scholarship Brochure] || [Scholarship Application Portal]

Campus, Community & Local Scholarship Opportunities

*UMES HBCU Initiative Scholarship*

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service [VAVS] National Advisory Committee [NAC] James H. Parke Memorial Scholarship [December 31, 2024]

U.S. Department of Defense Scholarship-for-Service Program: SMART Scholarship Eligibility & STEM Disciplines [August 1, 2024]

The American Legion Baseball Scholarship [July 15, 2024]

*****CAMPUS-BASED|| Dianna B. Hernandez, Esq. Scholarship [Must be a member of Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society] [Monday, April 15, 2024]*****

American Legion Legacy Scholarship [Wednesday, April 10, 2024]

Samsung American Legion Scholarship [11:59 PM [local time] of Day 1 of their respective American Legion State program]

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

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 Medtronic Foundation Graduate or PhD Scholarship [March 8th, 2024]

2024-2025 Medtronic Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship [March 8th, 2024]

2024-2025 GCM Grosvenor HBCU Scholarship Program [March 8th, 2024]

2024-2025 Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Scholarship [March 8th, 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 UNCF 3M Science. Applied Life. Scholarship [May 27, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]
*2023-2024 Early Talent Opportunity Summer Program* [May 3, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]2023-2024 Charleston Family Trust Scholarship [May 2, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]
2024-2025 Gantt-McColl Scholarship Fund [North Carolina HS Graduates] [May 2, 2024, 6:00 PM EST]2024-2025 Citizens Helping Citizens Scholarship Program [April 29, 2024, 5:00 PM EST]
2024-2025 Veolia UNCF Scholarship [New Rochelle, NY High School Seniors] [April 29, 2024, 5:00 PM EST] 2024-2025 Boule’ Foundation Scholarship [April 25, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]
2024-2025 The Robert J. Weiler Sr. Minority Student Teacher Scholarship Program [April 1, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]2024-2025 UNCF/Teradyne STEM Scholarship Program [April 1, 2024, 5:00 PM EST]
2023-2024 Early Career Talent Development General Application [March 29, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]2024-2025 UNCF Domino’s Pizza Scholarship [March 29, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]
2023-2024 WE Communications Scholarship [Oregon & Washington State Residents] [March 28, 2024, 5:00 PM EST]2023-2024 UNCF General Scholarship Application [March 28, 2024, 4:00 PM EST]
2023-2024 The Ford Fund STEM Scholarship Program [March 25, 2024, 5:00 PM EST]2023-2024 Dr. Joseph A. Towles African Study Abroad Scholarship [March 21, 2024, 8:00 PM EST]
2023-2024 BNSF Railway Foundation Scholarship [March 15, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]2023-2024 UNCF JanSport Scholarship Program [March 15, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]
2023-2024 UBS/ PaineWebber Scholarship [March 14, 2024, 7:00 PM EST]2024-2025 AAP-UNCF Internship [March 11, 2024, 11:59 PM EST]

Current Scholarships Closing in JUNE 2024 & BEYOND
Demetrios Agathangelides Memorial Agricultural Sciences Scholarship [$5,000]June 30, 2024
2024 Abbott & Fenner [A&F] Scholarship [$1,000]June 10, 2024
The Brian C. Jensen Grant [$1,000]April 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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