Scholarships are a great place to find that extra money to help pay for school. Here at UMBC we offer the Scholarship Retriever– our online database of internal and external scholarships that other students who attend UMBC have received.
It’s important to start your scholarship search early as deadlines are usually early in the year- Feb 1st or March 1st.
There are also other scholarship databases out there. FastWeb is a great place to search for scholarships; however you always want to check to make sure what you are applying for is, in fact, a legitimate scholarship through a real organization. There are many “scholarships” out there that are not real and are just trying to get your personal information. Be cautious.
The CareerOneStop is another site that offers students a scholarship search as well as other tools to help them explore different career opportunities. That may be a place you want to check out.
Also, don’t forget to contact your district Senator and/or Delegate. They are all given funds, though a limited amount, to provide scholarships to students. Usually they award between $500-$1,000 for the year and that $500 scholarship could be the difference between having to pay a bill out-of-pocket and not having a bill at all.
Our office also has a page dedicated to the questions we often get from students about scholarships and is a great resource to check out.