National Scholarships Office
National scholarships are highly competitive, prestigious awards that provide support for a wide range of enriching experiences, including study abroad, graduate study, federal employment, language learning, teaching, research, and public service.
The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland aims to provide undergraduates with the best possible information, for guidance and support as they learn about and apply for national scholarships.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about national scholarship opportunities, and to contact us with any questions you may have. You can request an appointment or send us a question by email.
Twelve UMD Students & Recent Alumni Awarded Fulbright Grants
Twelve University of Maryland students and recent graduates were awarded Fulbright grants to study, conduct research, or teach English abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year. They will travel to nine different countries around the world to carry out projects in fields such as library science, psychology, education, government and politics, health administration, chemistry, environmental science, bioengineering and journalism. Others will teach English at schools and universities.
Each year, the Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants to roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, 900 visiting scholars, and several hundred teachers and professionals to pursue international study, research, and teaching experience.
In the last five years, 72 UMD students and recent graduates were awarded Fulbright grants. Read here about UMD’s newest Fulbright scholars. (Emily Cheung pictured above.)
UMD Students Number One in the Nation for Boren Scholarships
Nine University of Maryland students have been awarded Boren Scholarships for the study of critical languages and regions, the highest number received by any university this year. UMD has ranked first in the nation in Boren Scholarships each of the last four years. This year’s Boren Scholars will study Arabic, French, Wolof and Swahili. In addition, one UMD graduate student has received a Boren Fellowship for language study and research in Tanzania.
The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 for long-term (two semester or longer), language-focused study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic Boren Fellowship is $30,000.
Read about Maryland's newest Boren Scholars and Fellow here. (Mariam Badi, above and Brian DeShong, right)
UMD Sophomores Lead the Nation in NOAA Hollings Scholarships
Nine University of Maryland sophomores have been awarded Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education. This is the largest number of Hollings Scholarships ever won by UMD students, and ties UMD for no. 1 nationally.
The NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program provides awards that include up to $8,000 annually for two years beginning in September 2015. The Hollings award also includes a full-time, 10-week, paid summer research internship ($650 per week) at a NOAA facility the summer after junior year. This internship provides the scholars with "hands-on" practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management and education activities.
Read here to learn more abou this year's recipients. (Michelle Graulty pictured above)
UMD Alumnus Krzysztof Franaszek Wins Soros Fellowship
Krzysztof Franaszek, a 2013 University of Maryland graduate in biological sciences and economics, received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Franaszek will use the Soros Fellowship to pursue his medical degree at the Harvard Medical School-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
This competitive fellowship is awarded each year to 30 New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each fellowship includes up to $90,000 in support for two years of graduate study. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment.
Franaszek is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in pathology at the University of Cambridge, with the support of Gates Cambridge Scholarship that he received in 2013 and was renewed in 2014. His work focuses on using novel molecular genetics and bioinformatics techniques to study protein expression in cellular and viral systems. Read more.
Four UMD Students Named 2015 Goldwater Scholars
Four University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
UMD juniors, Shane Falcinelli, Benjamin Gastfriend, Nathan Ng, and Iowis Zhu were among the 260 Barry Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,206 students nominated nationally this year. The four students, who are all members of the UMD Honors College, plan to pursue doctoral degrees in their areas of study and to become university professors.
Falcinellii is majoring in biological sciences and interested in pathogen research. Gastfriend, a chemical and biomolecular engineering major, is working to amplify the production of a bioplastic in a bacterium through metabolic engineering. Ng, a triple major in physics, mathematics, and economics, is interested in theoretical condensed matter physics and has plans to conduct research in high-temperature superconductivity. Iowis Zhu, a double major in biochemistry and biological sciences, is interested in developing new drug delivery methods that improve accuracy and precision. Read more
Pictured right Shane Falcinelli and Iowis Zu; left, Benjamin Gastfriend and Nathan Ng.
UMD Senior Receives Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
University of Maryland senior Fang Cao has been named a Rhodes Scholar, winning the world’s oldest and most prestigious award for international study. The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be the most esteemed academic award available to college graduates.
Cao is one of only 32 students from across the nation named a Rhodes Scholar by the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, Elliot F. Gerson. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. The total value of the scholarship averages $50,000 per year.
Cao—who is majoring in biological sciences, with a specialization in physiology and neurobiology, and is a member of the Integrated Life Sciences program in the Honors College—plans to use the scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford in England. His long-term plans include a career in medicine and public health policy.
“The Rhodes Scholarship shows Fang’s exemplary academic and research achievements as well as his inspiring community service,” says UMD President Wallace D. Loh. “He brings distinction to the University of Maryland and I’m sure he’ll continue to do so as an alumnus in the years to come.”
UMD Senior Awarded 2015-16 DAAD Study Scholarship for Germany
Eva Morgun, a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Statistics, has been awarded a 2015-16 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Study Scholarship for research in Germany. Eva will be working with the Department of Gene Therapy at the University of Ulm under Dr. Stefan Kochanek, developing a gene therapy approach for the treatment of Nienmann-Pick disease type C, a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder.
Eva recently defended her undergraduate thesis in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and will be graduating with honors this May. Since June 2013, Eva has been a participant in the Maryland-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. She is also a member of the Integrated Life Sciences Program of the University Honors College