This merit-based scholarship awards 30 full and 15 partial tuition scholarships to students who are selected from a rigorous review and interview process. This exceptional academic scholarship honors the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, who made lasting contributions to American history through his work as an abolitionist, suffragist, author and agent of positive change.
The Frederick Douglass Scholarship application must be submitted no later than March 1 by 5:00 p.m. Selected students will be invited to campus for an interview in late March or early April as part of the final scholarship review process. Frederick Douglass Scholars will be notified via mail by the end of April. If you should have any questions please email FDS@umd.edu.
In order to be eligible for the Frederick Douglass Scholarship, students must:
Any inquiries regarding scholarship criteria, application completion (including receipt of required documents) or a student's residency status, must be sent via email to FDS@umd.edu before March 1. It is the applicant's responsbility to ensure all materials are submitted and received by the March 1 application deadline. Any disrepancies must be resolved within five business days of the deadline, including the receipt of any additional documentation required for review and final residency determination.
To apply for the Frederick Douglass Scholarship, candidates must submit the following required materials by March 1:
Note: The Frederick Douglass Scholarship has replaced the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship.
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The University of Maryland has launched a new investment in need-based financial aid, the Terrapin Commitment program, which will provide up to $20 million annually for students from the state of Maryland.
The goal of the Terrapin Commitment program is to reduce the gap between a student’s total financial aid package and the cost of an education. The program will begin in January 2023 and ensures that tuition and fees are fully covered for Pell eligible, in-state students, who are enrolled full time and have unmet financial need. More details can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid's website.
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