Whether you have taken out loans to help cover the costs of college or have already been awarded grants, every student can benefit from scholarships. If you’re interested in reducing out-of-pocket costs in the future, here are a few tips.
Take Advantage of University and State Resources
UMUC offers a number of scholarships based on merit, financial need and program of study. There are renewable scholarships specifically for students pursuing various degrees and scholarships based on major. Search for UMUC scholarships, as well as opportunities from outside organizations, on our Scholarships page. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply early for maximum consideration.
You may also visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission Web site for a full listing of scholarships and grants available to Maryland residents.
Leave No Stone Unturned
There are a seemingly endless number of scholarships available; all you have to do is look for them. Take in account what you’re studying and your hobbies, characteristics, etc., in your search. You can search by interests, and you’ll see there are awards specifically for those fascinated by space, baking, wool, paranormal activity or the Klingon language. From time to time, outside organizations contact UMUC with information regarding scholarships they are offering. UMUC’s eBulletin Board is specifically designed to communicate that information to you. All you have to do is look!
Don’t Disregard Smaller Awards
Students often overlook certain scholarships because the amount awarded seems small. After looking at scholarships worth $1,000 to $10,000, a $250 scholarship may seem like it’s not worth your time. Don’t allow yourself to fall into this trap. Would you think the same if someone offered to pay you $250 just to write a paper about yourself and fill out a form? Chances are you wouldn’t consider it chump change under those conditions.
Pay Attention to the Details
When applying, it can be easy to get lost going through the motions, but the last thing you want to do is take yourself out of the running because of a simple mistake. Keep your information organized, and be sure to read carefully. Take note of the exact requirements, and be aware of deadlines. Before sending your materials, check your application to make sure you’ve filled in every line, and look over your essay for errors.
Start your search today on UMUC’s Scholarships page.