Merit scholarships recognize academic achievement and co-curricular accomplishments and are given on a competitive basis without regard to financial need. Students may receive both grants and scholarships.
Students are automatically considered for Merit Scholarship based on their academic record, standardized test scores, strength of curriculum, essay, recommendations, and individual attributes. Recipients of Merit Scholarships, typically, have challenged themselves with rigorous courses of study such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or honors courses. All St. Mary’s College scholarships are renewable for up to four years of full-time study at St. Mary’s as long as the student remains in good academic standing in at least 12 graded credits each semester. The total amount of scholarships received from St. Mary’s may not exceed the cost of in-state tuition. Tuition waivers are scholarships and count toward this limit.
St. Mary’s Academic Achievement Scholarship
Range from $1,000 to $5,500 for Maryland residents and $4,000 to $12,000 for non-Maryland residents. This scholarship is awarded to recognize outstanding academic achievement.
Who May Apply: While there are variations, recipients of this award typically rank in the top 10% of their class, present a cumulative GPA exceeding 3.5 (3.9 weighted), and achieve a combined SAT 1 score of 2000 or higher.
St. Mary’s Transfer Scholarship
Awarded on a competitive basis to transfer students with outstanding college grades.
Who May Apply: Recipients of this award typically present a rigorous course of study and a cumulative college GPA exceeding 3.5. Transfer Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 per year.
Phi Theta Kappa or Honors Program Scholarship
Scholarships available to members of Phi Theta Kappa or Honors Program.
Who May Apply: Transfer students who enter St. Mary’s with an A.A. or A.S. degree, a GPA of 3.5 or better, and are members of Phi Theta Kappa or Honors Program.
First-Year Excellence Scholarship
Scholarships for students who did not receive a merit scholarship from St. Mary’s at entrance, but who complete their first year of study at St. Mary’s.
Who May Apply: Students who did not receive a merit scholarship from St. Mary’s at entrance, but who complete their first year of study at St. Mary’s with excellent grades in 32 or more credits, will be considered on a competitive basis for this scholarship. First-Year Excellence Scholarships are limited to students who did not receive a scholarship upon entrance.
Scholarship Search Information
- Central Scholarship Bureau
Helps students in Maryland realize their academic and professional goals through interest-free loans and grants.
Largest, most accurate, and most frequently updated scholarship database.
- College Board Scholarship Search
Scholarship database lists scholarships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national, state, public and private sources.
- SRN Express
Free web version of the Scholarship Resource Network database. It focuses on private sector, non-need-based aid, and includes information about awards from more than 1,500 organizations.
The database lists awards from 1,570 sponsors.
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Free financial aid service. The database includes thousands of private scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, internships, and fellowships.
- Yahoo Directory
Provides comprehensive resources for student financial aid information on the web.
- Gates Millennium Scholarships*
The Gates’ awards for low-income minority students. You must apply as a high school senior.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund*
HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree.
- United Negro College Fund*
The UNCF Program Services Department manages various scholarship programs.
- CHCI Scholarship*
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute offers scholarships and resource materials.
*Scholarships directed towards minority groups