Scholarships are a type of gift aid that generally do not need to be repaid. Funds are awarded to individual students and are often based on specific criteria, such as the student's major, GPA, financial need, etc.
Many students receive scholarships from outside sources, such as hometown organizations, civic organizations, churches and other local donors, or from businesses and corporations. Several search options are provided on our Web site for students who wish to search for outside scholarship sources.
Scholarship funds count toward meeting a student's financial need, which is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student's financial aid award(s) may be adjusted or changed based on scholarships received.
All scholarships and outside assistance must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid. Students are given the opportunity to report scholarships online when responding to financial aid award notices (eFAAN). Students can also report scholarships in person at the One Stop Student Services, or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are encouraged to report scholarships when they respond to their eFAAN; if a scholarship is not reported when awards are accepted, the student's aid will be adjusted later to reflect the scholarship.
Most scholarship programs require full-time enrollment . If a student receives a scholarship from an outside donor that does NOT require full-time enrollment, the Office of Financial Aid must receive written authorization from the donor before the funds can be disbursed.
Scholarship funds from private donors are generally disbursed in two ways:
- The donor makes the check payable directly to UMD for benefit of the student. The check will be added to the student's record (if not already reported), and paid toward tuition and fees through the student's UMD account. Surplus funds are returned to the student, and no signature is required for the funds to be disbursed.
- The donor makes the check payable to the student and UMD, jointly.
- If the check is mailed to the student, the student will need to obtain a Scholarship Routing Form from One Stop Student Services, located in 23 Solon Campus Center.
- If the check is mailed to UMD, the student must sign for it before funds can be disbursed. Students will receive an e-mail notification of any scholarships that require a signature.