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.
UMD Senior Erin Hylton Named a 2014 Marshall Scholar
University of Maryland Senior Erin Hylton, a civil engineering major in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, has been named a 2014 Marshall Scholar. She is one of 34 Marshall Scholars selected from a pool of more than 900 nominees nationwide to receive a scholarship, which fully supports two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom.
ďErin's achievement places her in the front ranks of aspiring global leaders and reminds us all of the outstanding caliber of Marylandís students,Ē said History Professor Richard Bell, UMDís faculty advisor for U.K. postgraduate fellowships.
Founded by a 1953 Act of the United Kingdom Parliament, and named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan, which contributed vitally to the reconstruction of Europe following World War II, and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. Prominent Marshall Scholars include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Thomas Friedman.
Hylton, who is currently studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has focused her academic and future professional pursuits on water resource engineering and aims to devote her career to improving water resource access and quality in the developing world. With the support of the Marshall Scholarship program, Erin will first pursue a masterís degree in hydrology and sustainable development at Imperial College London, followed by a masterís degree in water science, policy and management at the University of Oxford. Read More
Winston Liu is UMD's First Whitaker International Scholarship Recipient
Winston Liu, a junior bioengineering major, has been awarded a Whitaker International Scholarship to support his planned study abroad at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. Winston plans to take bioengineering coursework while in Spain, including courses in his special area of interest, bioimaging.
The Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides funding of up to $7,500 to increase the number of undergraduates in biomedical engineering (BME) who go abroad; to provide the opportunity for students to see BME from an international perspective early in their educations, and to develop students to become future leaders in BME.
Fifteen Maryland Students and Alumni Win Fulbright Grants for 2013-14
Marylandís newest recipients of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program's awards will travel to 12 countries on five continents. They will carry out projects in fields such as theatre studies, government and politics, environmental conservation, history, geography, and education policy. Others will teach English at schools and universities. Two recipients also received the Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award for advanced language training.
Among the recipients this year is Negar Ashtari Abay, a Ph.D. student in the College of Educationís Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. Negar will research the experiences of women secondary school teachers in Ethiopia during their university training, transition to work, and first year of teaching.
Alex Gittelson, a 2009 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will examine alternatives to agricultural burning in Russia. He is currently an international affairs specialist with the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focusing on policy issues related to energy, climate, safety, and security.
A 2013 graduate of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Katherine Rennenkampf will teach English in Indonesia while researching Indonesia's recent steps in reforming its mathematics curricula. Upon her return from Indonesia, she plans to take an assignment as a Teach for America corps member.
Read more about Maryland's newest Fulbrighters.
UMD Leads the Nation with 10 Boren Scholarships
For the second consecutive year, the University of Maryland ranks first in the nation in Boren Scholarships, with ten undergraduates receiving the award for study in 2013-14. Administered by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholars may receive up to $20,000 for long-term language study in regions important to U.S. national security. Nationally, over 1,000 students applied for 160 Boren Scholarships. Maryland students will study in Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Russia, Tanzania, and Turkey. Read about Marylandís newest Boren Scholars here. (Chineme Ezekwenna, pictured left)
Mohammad Zia Selected as a 2013 Truman Scholar
Mohammad Zia, a junior majoring in Individual Studies, is Marylandís newest Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship is the nationís most selective and prestigious award for underclassmen with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service. This year 62 Truman Scholars were selected from a pool of 629 students nominated by 293 universities nationwide.
Mohammad has extensive leadership and community service accomplishments. He has been president of TerpSTAND at UMD, Coordinator for the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program, and has volunteered at orphanages and youth service centers in Tanzania, Morocco, and Senegal. He has held federal government internships with the Department of Justice and USAID, and is currently interning at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, in the Office of Public Affairs. Last summer he participated in the Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, and he has won a fellowship to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) summer institute at Princeton University this summer. Mohammadís long-term aim is ďto work on improving diplomatic and economic relations between the United States and Muslim majority nations.Ē
He is a member of the University Honors Program, and a recipient of the Honors College Portz Award for students combining exceptional academic achievement and a strong commitment to public service.
Sophia Sanborn Awarded the Beinecke Scholarship
Sophia Sanborn, a Philosophy and Linguistics double major, has been named a 2013 Beinecke Scholar. Awarded to juniors with serious plans for doctoral studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, the Beinecke Scholarship is a prestigious and highly selective national award that provides $34,000 in support of graduate education. Sophia plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in Cognitive Science.
Three UMD Students Earn the Goldwater Scholarship
Three 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 sophomores Fang Cao (above right) and Stephen Randall (lower left), and junior Noah Roth Mandell (lower right) were among the 271 scholars selected from 1,107 students nominated this year.
Cao, a double major in neuroscience and computer science, is a member of the first cohort of the Integrated Life Sciences program in the Honors College. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Randall is a double major in physics and mathematics and plans to pursue a doctorate in theoretical physics. Mandell, a physics majors, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics. Read More