Scholarship Opportunities

2021-2022

Competitive Scholarships are Now Closed.
Last Dollar Grant Applications are Now Closed.

Last Dollar Grant applications were due June 1st, 2021

 

CollegeBound administers over 240 privately-funded college scholarships in a portfolio valued at close to $3 million. CollegeBound encourages students to apply for as many awards as you desire. Please read each scholarship carefully and note the required materials. If all the required materials are not received for a particular scholarship, we cannot process the application.
 

 

What you'll need to apply:

• High School Transcript
• Resume
• Letter of Recommendation
• Student Aid Report*
• Essay*
• SAT/ACT Scores*

*NOT REQUIRED FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS

All LDG's are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
 

CollegeBound Last Dollar Grants

The CollegeBound Last Dollar Grant is a need-based award for Baltimore City public high school graduates whose expected family contribution and financial aid package total less than the cost to attend college. Students who are awarded a CollegeBound Foundation Last Dollar Grant are eligible to receive a grant of up to $3,000 per year, renewable for up to six (6) years of college or the maximum amount of $18,000. These Grants are gift money that does not have to be repaid. Approximately 75 awards are given each year.

 

Upperclassmen Hilton Scholarships

CollegeBound is pleased to offer a scholarship for students already in college. If you graduated from a Baltimore City public high school and have declared a major in: hotel, hospitality and restaurant management, business, business management, economics or accounting and receive a Pell grant, you are eligible to apply. Click the PDF link below to download the fillable application, fill out each section, and send it with your supporting documents in an email to scholar@collegeboundfoundation.org. Please note: applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Upper Classmen Hilton Application 2021 - 2022

 

Career and College Major Scholarships

The Alice G. Pinderhughes Scholarship—One (1) $500 scholarship (renewable)
This scholarship honors Alice G. Pinderhughes, former Superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, who dedicated her career to the education of Baltimore's children.
Criteria: You must major in the field of education and plan to teach in grades K-12; have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need; and submit an essay describing your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them and what you have done to prepare yourself thus far (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

DAP ScholarshipOne (1) $5,000 scholarship (renewable)
This scholarship was created in support of DAP’s mission to help others succeed to assist Baltimore City Public High School students interested in pursuing a career in chemistry, material science, or engineering.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 2.8 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need; be accepted to and attend a Maryland four-year college or university; plan to major in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering; and submit an essay describing your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, and what you have done to prepare yourself thus far (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

The Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III Scholarship—One (1) $1,500 scholarship (renewable)
This scholarship honors Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He has gained national recognition for the development of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC.
Criteria: You must major in the field of mathematics and/or science/technology; have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; have a competitive SAT (CR+M) score and be accepted to and attend UMBC.

Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel Scholarship Fund—Up to Thirty (30) $3,000 scholarships (renewable)
This award has been established in order to increase educational opportunities for the young people of Baltimore City. This fund will award those who are enrolled in hotel, hospitality, business and/or restaurant management programs.
Criteria: You must demonstrate financial need; major in the field of hotel, hospitality, tourism, restaurant management or business. Preference is given to seniors from the National Academy Foundation high school.

Jeanette R. Wolman Scholarship—One (1) $500 scholarship (renewable)
Jeanette Rosner Wolman earned her law degree in 1924 from the University of Maryland. Although admitted to the Maryland Bar Association, she campaigned for 30 years before she gained membership into the Baltimore City Bar Association which had not previously admitted minorities or women. Mrs. Wolman practiced law for 53 years with her husband in Baltimore.
Criteria: You must major in the field of pre-law, social work or a field that focuses on child advocacy; and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better.

Our Common Table Culinary Arts Scholarship—Two (2) $1,500 scholarships (renewable for 2 years)
This scholarship award was established to honor John Shields and the 20th anniversary of his founding Gertrude’s restaurant and the start of his non-profit Our Common Table which supports and creates initiatives and partnerships that engage communities to live, learn, and protect the bounty of the Chesapeake region. John is the owner of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art, author of several cookbooks and host of two PBS cooking shows. John wants to celebrate his legacy and commitment to Baltimore by establishing a scholarship to help young adults from Baltimore City follow their dreams in culinary or hospitality management. Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).
Criteria: You must graduate from a Baltimore City Public High School; plan to enroll in a Culinary or Hospitality Program; have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA; and submit the essay described above.

MD Association of Engineers Dick Trainor Scholarship—Two (2) $4,000 (non-renewable)
The Maryland Association of Engineers’s Dick Trainor Scholarship Program has been in existence for 30 years.  The program was named after Dick Trainor, who was a great leader in the engineering community in Maryland over his long and illustrious career.  He was well known for his dedication to the engineering profession, to public service, and to the mentoring of the younger, next generation of engineers.
Criteria: You must be a senior in a public high school in Baltimore city or surrounding county in Maryland; plan to enroll in an engineering program in college; have a minimum 2.8 GPA; demonstrate financial need and; submit an essay describing your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

M&T Bank Scholar—One (1) $10,000 scholarship (renewable)
M&T Bank was founded on the belief that banks exist to help people succeed. With that in mind, M&T Bank has created a renewable scholarship to help two Baltimore City Public high school students attend college. In addition to the scholarship, scholars are offered skill building workshops/seminars as well as a paid summer internship during each of their college years. This program is designed to lead scholars to full-time employment, with M&T following college g graduation.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 2.8 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need; be accepted to and attend a Maryland four-year college or university; plan to major in an approved major, and submit an essay describing your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them and what you have done to prepare yourself thus far (300-900 words; 2-4 pages). Students must attend Three (3) skill-building and development workshops/seminars, participate in a mentoring experience and participate in a paid summer internship with M&T Bank every year receiving the award.

The Sheila Z. Kolman Memorial Scholarship—One (1) $1,000 scholarship (renewable)
This scholarship honors Sheila Z. Kolman, former Baltimore City principal and president of the Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association of Baltimore City. This scholarship supports the efforts of Baltimore City Public School students to attend college.
Criteria: You must major in the field of education or a related field and aspire to become a teacher; have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need; and submit an essay describing your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them and what you have done to prepare yourself thus far (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

The Shirley E. Cooke Health Services Scholarship—One (1) $1,000 scholarship (renewable) & One (1) $1,000 scholarship (non-renewable)
This award honors Shirley E. Cooke, a longtime Baltimore area health professional, who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to public service and the empowerment of young people through education.
Criteria: You must major in a health-related services area—clinical, education, or research; have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; be accepted to a two or four year college or university; and submit a Merit Essay describing your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages). Students do not have to be Pell Grant Eligible.  For renewal, students must be enrolled fulltime and have at least a 2.0 GPA from freshman year and a 2.5 GPA for all subsequent years.

THE YVETTE MATTHEWS MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPOne (1) $1,535 Scholarship (non-renewable) for 1 year)
Yvette Matthews, an acclaimed soprano soloist, chorister, and teacher died May 6, 2020 at her home in Baltimore. Yvette was born in Cherry Hill, an inner-section of Baltimore City where classical music was never heard except from her singing. She was a chorister at Western High school and graduated from Coppin State College in 1971. While at Coppin, her talent was discovered by Dr. Maurice Murphy, who later became her music professor and voice teacher. From that encounter, Yvette became a member of the St. James Choir and continued to study full time with Dr. Murphy. She won various vocal competitions and appeared with the Baltimore Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and The Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Throughout the 80's and early 90's, Yvette appeared with the Houston Grand Opera touring company which eventually took her to the Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan, Italy. In her later years, Yvette continued her love of singing and joined the Brown Memorial Park choir until her death.  This scholarship is a testament to one of Baltimore's finest musicians.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; must plan to major in music or related field; must submit two (2) letters of recommendation - one must be from a music faculty member/advisor; Merit Essay describing your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program—One (1) or more $5,000-$15,000 scholarship(s) (renewable)
This scholarship is designed to attract candidates from Baltimore City public schools interested in careers in public service and public affairs to UMBC. UMBC’s Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program will guarantee a scholarship for a minimum of one Baltimore City public school student each year. The award offer will be a minimum of $5,000 per year and a maximum of $15,000 per year.
Criteria: You must be accepted into UMBC and the Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program; demonstrate a concern for the larger community and express an interest in public service and/or a public affairs career (all academic majors are eligible); and you must enroll in UMBC directly out of high school as a college freshman.

 

High School Specific Scholarships

Britney C. Bownes Memorial Scholarship—One (1) $500 (non-renewable)
Britney C. Bownes graduated from Carver Vocational-Technical High School in 2003. She understood the importance of a quality education and aspired to become a teacher. After a lengthy battle with cancer, she passed in 2005. Britney epitomized strength, courage and perseverance. In spite of her illness, she graduated from Carver with a certificate in childcare and completed one year of college at BCCC. This scholarship has been established to give back to the Carver community to support a student who possesses the same qualities and love for education as Britney.
Criteria: You must be a senior at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; submit a Resilience Essay.  Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

The CollegeBound Foundation Alumni Scholarship Award—One (1) $500 scholarship (non-renewable)
The CollegeBound Foundation Alumni Scholarship Award was established by the CollegeBound Foundation Alumni Association to provide students from CollegeBound Foundation supported high schools with financial assistance.
Criteria: You must be a senior at a Baltimore City Public School, CollegeBound Foundation supported high school; be accepted to and attend a two-year or four-year college/university; demonstrate financial need; have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher; and submit a Resilience Essay.  Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Dunbar Class of 1958 Scholarship—Three (3) $1,000 scholarships (non-renewable)
The Dunbar Class of 1958 established this scholarship with the intention to give back to the community in which they were raised and went to school. The Class of 1958 views Dunbar as the source of their many successes, and hopes to provide financial assistance so that current graduates have the same opportunities to succeed.
Criteria: You must be a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; have a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 2.0; and demonstrate financial need.

Durant Family Scholarship—Two (2) $500 scholarships (non-renewable) 
This book scholarship is designed to support one (1) student who attends Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and one (1) student who attends Western High School. These scholarships honor the spirit of Sankofa - reflecting on the past to build a successful future as valued by Poly alum, Bruce Durant Jr., and Western alum, Dr. Tracey Durant.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or better; demonstrate financial need; submit a Resilience Essay.  Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).  Have verifiable community service. Top three (3) students from each school must participate in an interview. 

Forever Rennie Memorial Scholarship FundOne (1) $1,000 Scholarship (non-renewable)
Rennie Howard Milligan, Jr., was a 20-year-old beloved son, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend to many in Baltimore, MD. He was widely known for his heart of gold, genuine love of people, and desire to see all those he encountered "win" in life and beyond. He would literally give the shirt off his back and extended his support to all those he met. He volunteered to feed the homeless in his community and was a dedicated mentee and member of the organization, Son of a Dream, LLC. He participated in the 300 Men March in Baltimore to fight against the epidemic of violence in Baltimore, MD. Rennie's love for children afforded him the opportunity to work one on one with children with diverse learning needs which he was passionate about.  Unfortunately, on January 13, 2019, Rennie’s life was senselessly taken on the streets of Baltimore City following a verbal altercation. The Forever Rennie Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor Rennie's legacy. The scholarship will provide aid to a qualified male high school senior graduating from Rennie’s alma mater, Coppin Academy, to attend a 4-year institutional college or vocational training school while pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Criteria: You must be a male high school senior graduating from Coppin Academy High School, have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better, submit a Resilience Essay.  Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).  Submit two (2) letters of recommendation.

Junior Molina Lemus Memorial Scholarship FundOne (1) $1,000 Scholarship (renewable)
“I am a person that wants to be someone in life.” These are the words of Junior Molina Lemus, a rising senior at the National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore (NAF), who passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2020. Junior brought out the best in people through his exceptional kindness and unparalleled compassion. He was able to rise above his missteps and mistakes to become a driving force for change at NAF. Despite a busy work schedule, Junior was a member of the Boys’ soccer team, volunteered his time to organize the school’s Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly, and supported many programs and projects in the school. Learn more about Junior, in his own words, here. 
Criteria: You must be a high school senior immigrant student at the National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore. There is no GPA requirement. All applicants must submit a resilience essay (300-900 words) describing challenges you have overcome and why you want to attend college. Essays may be in any language. Undocumented students are encouraged to apply.

Victorine Q. Adams Memorial Scholarship—Thirty (30) $500 scholarships (non-renewable)
The Victorine Q. Adams Scholarship honors the life, legacy and accomplishments of Mrs. Victorine Q. Adams. Mrs. Adams was devoted to the City of Baltimore and steadfast in her efforts to improve the lives of African-Americans. She performed untold efforts of kindness, philanthropy and outreach. She founded the Baltimore Fuel Fund in 1978, the first of its kind in the nation. As a result, in 1981, the State of Maryland established the Maryland Fuel Fund.   Mrs. Adams was a pioneer, working to advance “colored women” as a powerful part of the electorate. Two noteworthy endeavors were Mrs. Adams’ establishment of the Colored Democratic Women’s Club in 1946. In 1958, along with Ms. Ethel P. Rich and the “Woman Power Movement”, Baltimore City downtown hotels were desegregated. Although unsuccessful in her bid as a Maryland State Senator, Mrs. Adams was the first African-American woman to serve on Baltimore City Council, following her service as a Maryland House of Delegates representative. The Victorine Q. Adams’ Scholarship pays tribute to a woman who spent a lifetime encouraging young women and men to seize the moment, never give up, overcome any obstacle and embrace their destiny.
Criteria: Scholar must live and be registered to vote in Baltimore City’s 40th district; have demonstrated financial need; and plan to attend a four year college. This scholarship will be awarded annually for four years to three high schools in the 40th Legislative District. Each school will be designated $5,000. The fund will be exhausted each year. Should a school not use a scholarship, the funds will be spread equitably to the two other schools. Three new schools will be selected each year. The prioritization of the scholarship (for student selection) at the three selected high schools is as follows:

  1. 40th District Residents attending Maryland four-year institution
  2. 40th District Residents attending any four-year institution

Georgine Newman Edgerton Scholarship—One (1) $500 scholarship (non-renewable)
This award has been created by the family of Georgine Newman Edgerton in recognition of her many accomplishments as a community activist, volunteer and advocate for the citizens of Baltimore.
Criteria: You must be a senior at Frederick Douglass High School, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women or Coppin Academy; and demonstrate financial need.

Lewis H. Richardson, Jr.—Edmondson High School Class of 1972—One (1) $500 scholarship (non-renewable)
The Edmondson High School Class of 1972 established this scholarship with the intention of giving back to the community and the environment that enabled their growth and development.  Their relationship with Principal Lewis H. Richardson, Jr. was one that provided advice, counsel, leadership, discipline, encouragement, guidance and unconditional love during their years at Edmondson High School.  Dr. Richardson was an educator, whose accomplishments set his career path leading him to Edmondson at a time when his unparalleled leadership style would be the catalyst for change in the lives of many students.  The Baltimore Sun obituary described him as a “teacher and administrator, known as a disciplinarian who cared about his students.” It is our hope that we provide support to an aspiring educator with a commitment to educational excellence with care, concern and compassion for students.  The Edmondson High School Motto, “Excellence Demands Sacrifice” is one that modeled the legacy of Lewis H. Richardson, Jr. and we are proud of his legacy in providing support to a deserving high school senior.
Criteria: You must be a senior at Edmondson High School; have a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 2.5; with plans to major or minor in education; and submit a Merit Essay.  Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help.

Milestone Bridge Builder Scholarship II—Two (2) $1,000 scholarships (renewable for two years)
The Milestone Bridge Builder Scholarship is established to honor Alexander and Cora (Blanton) Miles. Alex and Cora who traveled from Cumberland, Virgina to Baltimore in 1919 and settled in East Baltimore with their two children, Elwood and Rebecca. Five children: James Walter, Francel, Roosevelt, Clarence, Pearline and George were born in Baltimore.  This scholarship represents the Miles family appreciation and gratitude to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and the National Academy Foundation. It allows, preferably, first generation higher education for students to attend a community college or an accredited trade school.
Criteria: You must be a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School or National Academy Foundation; attend a two year college or accredited trade school; demonstrate financial need; have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0-2.99; and submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

 

Merit Scholarships

Anna and Eli Berkenfeld Memorial Scholarship—One (1) $1,000 scholarship (renewable)
This scholarship honors the memory of Anna and Eli Berkenfeld by supporting the efforts of students who have demonstrated financial need to attend college.
Criteria: You must have verifiable community service; have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and demonstrate financial need.

Annabelle L. Johnson Scholarship Fund—One (1) $500 scholarship (non-renewable)
Devoted to a true everyday hero that is gone but certainly not forgotten, the Annabelle L. Johnson Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of the mother of Dominic L. and Adrian S. Johnson. She was a down-to-earth mom who loved her boys unconditionally and who generously gave of herself to her family, friends and her community. She was a lifelong resident of Baltimore City.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better; and submit a Resilience Essay: Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Baltimore Distinguished Scholars AwardOne (1) $2,500 scholarships (renewable)
The City of Baltimore established this scholarship program to enable Baltimore City students to continue their education on a collegiate level. This renewable scholarship is based on financial need, academic achievement and community service. To be eligible, applicants must be high school seniors who attend a Baltimore City public high school.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need (include a SAR if available); be accepted to and attend a Maryland four-year college or university; have verifiable community service; submit one (1) reference from an individual who can attest to your commitment to helping others; submit one (1) reference from a teacher, school counselor or administrator; and submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages). Applicants must also be US citizens or permanent residents.

Baltimore Ravens Scholarship ProgramFive (5) $5,000 scholarships (renewable)
At least one scholar will be chosen from each of the following areas: Baltimore City and the surrounding counties.  The Baltimore Ravens established this scholarship program to enable local youth to continue their education on a collegiate level. The team has a long-standing history of service to local communities, and this fund will support those who do the same. In addition, this renewable scholarship is based on financial need and academic achievement.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need (include a SAR if available); be accepted to and attend a Maryland four-year college or university; have verifiable community service; submit one (1) reference from an individual who can attest to your commitment to helping others; submit one (1) reference from a teacher, school counselor or administrator; and submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Charitable Foundation Scholarship—One (1) $5,000 scholarships (renewable)
One scholar will be chosen from each of the following areas: Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors is pleased to provide two renewable scholarships, one to a student in Baltimore City and one to a student in Baltimore County. Their goal is to make the dream of a college degree a reality for high school seniors.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better; and Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Khia “DJ K-Swift” Edgerton Memorial Scholarship—One (1) $500 scholarship (non-renewable)
One scholar will be chosen from each of the following areas: Baltimore City or Baltimore County.  Khia “DJ K-Swift” Edgerton was a well-known Baltimore DJ, successfully navigating her way into a male-dominated, fast-paced industry. At the age of 18, Khia began interning at 92Q Jams, where she was introduced as DJ K-Swift. Khia worked hard and eventually became a full-time employee, taking on the night show at 92Q. Khia demonstrated the value of hard work and the rewards of passion and commitment to the pursuit of one’s dream. In July 2008, Khia met a tragic and untimely end, but her spirit lives on through the people that loved her and her work in the music industry.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; submit SAT (CR+M) scores; demonstrate financial need; and submit a Resilience Essay: Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Managerial and Professional Society (MAPS) of Baltimore Merit Scholarship—Three (3) $1,000 scholarships (non-renewable)
The Managerial and Professional Society (MAPS) of Baltimore is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education. MAPS has been in existence since 1973 and is the bargaining unit for managers and professional employees for Baltimore City government.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; an SAT (CR+M) score of at least 950 - optional; verifiable community service; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).  Eligibility is for dues paying MAPS members and their immediate household family members. Winners will be asked to attend a MAPS quarterly meeting.

Mariner Finance ScholarTwo (2) $10,000 scholarships (renewable)
Mariner Finance, LLC  is proud of its mission, which is to provide hard-working consumers responsible access to credit through respectful, compassionate, and efficient service. Established as a small consumer finance company in 2002, and later acquiring companies that have served communities for more than 100 years, the success has allowed Mariner to develop into a mid-sized company with offices in more than 25 states.  Mariner Finance, a Baltimore-based company, has created a renewable scholarship to help two Baltimore City high school students attend college. In addition to the scholarship, scholars are offered developmental and mentoring opportunities at Mariner Finance, as well as a paid summer internship during at least two out of four of their college years. This program is designed to prepare participants to gain full-time employment following graduation from college.
Criteria: You must have and maintain a cumulative 2.8 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need; be accepted to and attend an accredited four-year college or university; and plan to receive a B.A. or B.S.  Applicants for the Mariner Finance Scholarship must submit a Resilience Essay that describes the challenges they have overcome and why they wish to attend college. Selected scholars must participate in the development activities sponsored by Mariner Finance and work at Mariner Finance as a paid summer intern for at least two summers while attending college and receiving the Mariner Finance Scholarship.

MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union, Merit Scholarship—Five (5) $1,000 scholarships (non-renewable)
MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union, is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; an SAT (CR+M) score of at least 950; verifiable community service; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).  Winners must attend a MECU reception and will receive a complimentary credit union membership.

The Richard E. Dunne, III Scholarship—One (1) $2,000 scholarship (renewable)
Richard E. Dunne, a partner with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now known as Hogan Lovells US LLP), tragically died in an airplane crash on Thanksgiving Day, 1997.  An active supporter of and volunteer for the CollegeBound Foundation, learning and doing were key to Rich's approach to life. His good humor and commitment challenged and inspired his family, his friends and his colleagues alike to make the most of every opportunity.  This scholarship honors that commitment by helping to provide qualified Baltimore City Public School students with an opportunity that they might otherwise not have—to attend college.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; have verifiable community service and must attend a Maryland college or university.

The Walter G. Amprey Scholarship—One (1) $1,000 scholarship (renewable)
Walter G. Amprey, former Superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, dedicated his career to educating children. This scholarship honors him and supports the efforts of Baltimore City public school students to attend college.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and demonstrate financial need.

The Woomer and Drake Families Scholarship—Two (2) $1,000 scholarships (non-renewable)
The Woomer and Drake families believe that securing a good education results in more opportunities to be successful in life. As a mentor of ours once said, “To get a good job, get a good education.” We have established this scholarship in order to provide assistance to those who have the odds stacked against them. Those who, in spite of or perhaps because of those odds, have a strong desire to pursue the dream of a college education. Those who want more. Those who want to improve their own life and the lives of their family members, Those who want to improve their community. Those who are willing to put in the work that is required in order to achieve lofty goals.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need; and submit an essay describing the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300 to 900 words).

 

Community Service Scholarships

Charles R. "Dick" Ward ScholarshipOne (1) $20,000 scholarship (renewable) and One (1) $15,000 scholarshp (renewable)
Honors Dick Ward, who attended high school in the late 1940's.  Dick was a highly decorated athlete who also understood the importance of education.  In his years as a business owner in South Baltimore, he established himself as a community leader and mentor.  This  scholarship is designated for Digital Harbor High School students who have participated in the Building STEPS Program in their junior and senior years and ranked in the top 15% of their class.  Applicants should demonstrate leadership qualities through extracurricular activities or community service and plan to attend a four-year college or university, or plan to pursue an AA degree at a community college in Maryland and transfer to a four-year college or university.
Criteria: You must maintain a 2.5 GPA and remain in good academic standing with the school; be in the top 15% of class; plan to attend a 4-year MD college with plans to transfer to a 4-year college: attend Digital Harbor High; participate in the Building Steps program junior and senior year; and submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

The Joyce A. Kroeller Memorial Scholarship—One (1) $1,500 scholarship (renewable)
This scholarship honors Joyce Anne Kroeller, the founding Executive Director of the CollegeBound Foundation.  During her 10-year tenure, she built CollegeBound into a well-endowed and enormously effective program enabling hundreds of Baltimore City public school students to attend college. She believed passionately in the power of higher education to improve lives.  Intensely committed to public service, she worked on behalf of women and children who were abused as well as those who suffered from poverty.  She was also an advocate for victims of Alzheimer’s disease. Joyce died of melanoma on June 4, 2007 at the age of 57.  This scholarship is awarded to a student who is planning a public service career and thus will emulate her legacy.
Criteria: You must have verifiable community service; have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need; submit at least one (1) reference from an individual who can attest to your commitment to helping others; submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages); and be accepted to and attend a Maryland four-year college or university.

MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union, Service Award Scholarship—Five (5) $1,000 scholarships (non-renewable)
MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union, is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; verifiable community service; and submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).  Winners must attend a MECU reception and will receive a complimentary credit union membership.

Senator Robert L. Dalton Scholarship—Two (2) $1,500 scholarships (renewable)
Senator Robert L. Dalton was the first African American State Senator in East Baltimore. In the name of Senator Dalton, Senator McCray is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: You must have verifiable community service; live and be a registered voter in the 45th legislative District; and submit an essay describing the environment you live in, and then describe the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer in your community (500-1000 words; 2-4 pages). First, priority will be given to a student attending an institution in Baltimore City, then an institution in Maryland, finally any institution.

 

Unique Population Scholarships

Huiying Memorial Foundation Women’s Social Impact Scholarship—Two (2) $2,500 scholarships (renewable)
The Huiying Memorial Foundation is a family foundation with the mission of supporting women’s health and wellness initiatives. This scholarship was created to support young women of color who aspire towards a career in social impact.
Criteria: You must identify as a woman of color, have a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need, be accepted to and attend an accredited four-year college or university, and submit a Resilience Essay. Community service and/or volunteering are beneficial but not required. There is no restriction on major or field. Scholarship finalists must participate in an interview, during which they will be asked to describe their interest in a social issue and how their intended field of study will empower them to address this issue.

Hy Zolet Student Athlete Scholarship—Four (4) $1,000 scholarships (renewable)
This award was created to honor and celebrate the life and accomplishments of Hy Zolet, a high school and college athlete.  All who came into contact with Hy, and his love of life, integrity, work ethic and unsung hero mentality, walked away a better person for knowing him.  Through this scholarship, we will strive to identify men and women who exemplify the qualities that Hy exhibited every day.
Criteria: You must be a high school student-athlete; have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; submit at least two (2) letters verifying your participation in high school athletics and evidence you possess the qualities Hy Zolet exemplified, including a good work ethic, fairness and courage, in addition to outstanding leadership and athletic skills; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Lorenzo Felder Scholarship—Two (2) $1,500 scholarship (non-renewable)
The Lorenzo Felder Scholarship, awarded by the ONOSE, is intended to support the efforts of an African American male who is graduating from a Baltimore City public school. Lorenzo Felder was a founding member of the ONOSE, a local organization of African American men focused on social endeavors.  Lorenzo sought to elevate our mission by not only paying back our social obligations but serving our community.  In the spirit of giving back to our younger generation, the ONOSE seek to support the college efforts of a “rising scholar.”
Criteria: You must be an African-American male; be a graduate from a Baltimore City public school; have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better; have demonstrated financial need; have verifiable community service or extracurricular activity; and submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Newwave Foundation Scholarship—Two (2) $5,000 scholarship (renewable)
The Newwave Foundation (NWF) is a nonprofit organization focused on providing educational opportunities to the next generation in our local communities and beyond. Stemming from a passion for service and a shared desire to make a positive impact, the Newwave Foundation is proud to support the efforts of local Baltimore City Public School students to attend college through its NWF Scholars Program.
Criteria: You must be a senior graduating from a Baltimore City public high school; demonstrate financial need; fully complete CollegeBound’s online application; and submit a Resilience Essay: Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Sherman STEM Teachers ScholarsFive (5) or more $6,000-$15,000 annual scholarships (renewable)
This scholarship supports Baltimore City public school students who are committed to social justice and the pursuit of a career in teaching with plans to return to teach in Baltimore. UMBC's Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program will offer a minimum of $6,000 per year and a maximum of $15,000 per year.
Criteria:You must be accepted into UMBC and the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program; demonstrate a commitment to social justice and community engagement, and be principled in the belief that all children deserve a high-quality education. To apply or learn more, visit our website at: sherman.umbc.edu.

The College Girl Inc. Jenkins Heard Scholarship—One (1) $1,000 scholarships (non-renewable)
The College Girl Inc. Jenkins Heard Scholarship has been established to honor the commitment of College Girl Inc., its Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and the Co-Founders to young women in the Baltimore region. For six years, the organization was dedicated to increasing the number of disadvantaged young women who graduated from college through workshops, mentoring, college tours and scholarships. This scholarship continues the mission of the organization by providing financial support to female future first-generation college graduates and/or young women from single-parent or low-income households in the Baltimore region.
Criteria: You must be a female student graduating from a Baltimore City Public School; and you must submit a Resilience Essay: Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. Describe the challenges you have overcome and how that relates to you wanting to attend to college (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

The late Cardrienne P. Griffin, Women Behind the Community (WO-BE-CO), Inc. Scholarship—One (1) $500 (non-renewable)

Women Behind the Community (WO-BE-CO), Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization committed to empowering women, children, and families in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.  This scholarship honors the life and legacy of the late Cardrienne P. Griffin, WO-BE-CO Co-Founder, and former Baltimore City school teacher who had a passion for cultivating young people and serving the community.  Mrs. Griffin spent her lifetime dedicated to making a difference mentoring girls and women in education, career development, health care, voter equality and civil rights through her active involvement in WO-BE-CO (as well as, numerous local and international organizations). As an educator and community volunteer, she enjoyed organizing book drives, social and cultural activities for our girls mentoring program, taking students on college tours, and more.  To keep Mrs. Griffin’s legacy alive, WO-BE-CO endeavors to award a $500 (non-renewable) scholarship to an African American female who embodies her values including, high scholastic achievement, compassion, and service to others.
Criteria: You must be an African American female who attends one of the designated schools below, aspires to attend college/university or trade school, with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above, demonstrate financial need, and submit a Resilience Essay.  The essay should describe the challenges you have overcome at school, home, or in your community and why you want to attend college.

  • Coppin Academy
  • Edmonson-Westside High School
  • Forest Park High School
  • Frederick Douglass High School
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
  • Reginald F. Lewis High School

 

College & University Scholarships

Frostburg State University Matching Scholarship—Matching scholarships of up to $3,000 (renewable)
Frostburg State University is pleased to match the competitive scholarships and Last Dollar Grants awarded to CollegeBound Foundation students.
Criteria: You must be accepted to Frostburg; demonstrate financial need by being awarded a CollegeBound Last Dollar Grant and/or be the recipient of a CollegeBound scholarship

McDaniel College Matching Scholarship—Matching scholarships of up to $3,000 (renewable)
McDaniel College, is pleased to match the competitive scholarships and Last Dollar Grants awarded to CollegeBound Foundation students.
Criteria: You must be accepted to McDaniel; demonstrate financial need by being awarded a CollegeBound Last Dollar Grant and/or be the recipient of a CollegeBound scholarship.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Matching Scholarship—Matching scholarships of up to $3,000 (renewable)
St. Mary’s, Maryland’s public honors college, is pleased to match the competitive scholarships and Last Dollar Grants awarded to CollegeBound Foundation students.
Criteria: You must be accepted to St. Mary’s College of MD; demonstrate financial need by being awarded a CollegeBound Last Dollar Grant and/or be the recipient of a CollegeBound scholarship.

Stevenson University/CollegeBound Foundation Tuition Scholarship—One (1) full tuition scholarship (renewable)
Stevenson University is proud to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: You must have applied and be accepted to Stevenson University by March 1; have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2018.

Towson University—Top 10% Award—Multiple $2,000 scholarship (renewable)
Towson University is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: Must be accepted for admission to Towson University; must apply directly from a Baltimore City or Baltimore County Public High School, and must be in the top 10 percent of your class at the end of your junior year; Completion of college prep curriculum in the same high school for four years; Interested students must submit a Towson University Application for Admission and a Top 10% Scholar Certification Form from their high school guidance counselors; applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1 and must demonstrate financial need defined as a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than or equal to $10,000.

Towson University TOPS Program and Award—Multiple $1,000 scholarship (renewable)
Towson University is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: The TOPS program is committed to celebrating diverse experiences and perspectives, and is designed to help ensure students’ success in TU’s STEM Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  For information, visit  https://www.towson.edu/fcsm/departments/stem/tops/index.html.

Towson University CEEP Program and Award—Multiple $2,500 scholarship (renewable)
Towson University is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: The Community Enrichment and Enhancement Partnership (CEEP) Program and CEEP Scholarship supports students who increase TU’s diversity.  For eligibility details and applications, please visit www.towson.edu/diversity/ceep.asp.

Towson University Provost Scholarship—Multiple Award Amounts Vary (renewable)
Towson University is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with the opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: This is Towson University’s most competitive scholarship program.  Recipients are selected based on a competitive comparison of applicants’ GPA and SAT/ACT scores with higher award amounts for students with stronger profiles. 

UMBC/CollegeBound Foundation Tuition Scholarship—One (1) $10,000 scholarship (renewable)
The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is pleased to support the CollegeBound Foundation in its efforts to provide students with an opportunity for a college education.
Criteria: You must be accepted to and attend UMBC; have a cumulative 3.3 GPA or better; and have a combined SAT (CR+M+W) score of 1800 or above with a minimum of a 1200 on the CR and M sections or a composite score of 27 on the ACT.

 

Baltimore Community Foundation Scholarships

The Al Sanders Award for Music Studies at BCF—One (1) award up to $3,000 (non-renewable)
A scholar will be chosen from Baltimore City or Baltimore County.  Established to honor the memory of Al Sanders to celebrate his career with WJZ-TV and share his love of music, this scholarship is designated for student graduating from a public high school in Baltimore City or County with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who intend to major in music and pursue a career in music after graduation from college.
Criteria: You must major in the field of music; have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Artemis Award at BCF—One (1) award up to $1,000 (non-renewable)
This scholarship is for young women graduating from a Baltimore City public high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who wish to  attend a two or four year  college or university.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; attend a 2 or 4 year college or university; be a female; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Arthur W. Elder, II Scholarship at BCF—One (1) award up to $1,250 (non-renewable)
Established in memory of Arthur W. Elder II, a 1974 graduate of the former Lake Clifton High School, this scholarship is for a student who may not have lived up to his or her full potential in high school, but who wishes to pursue higher education.  This scholarship is open to students from any public high school in Baltimore City who has participated in high school athletics or other extra-curricular activities.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages); priority will be given to students from Heritage High School.

The Baltimore City Retired Public School Employees Scholarship at BCF—One (1) award up to $1,000 (non-renewable)
Created by the Association of Baltimore City Retired Public School Employees, this scholarship is for students graduating from a public high school in Baltimore City who intend to pursue a career in teaching.  Students must plan to enroll as a degree candidate in a two-year or four-year college in Maryland.
Criteria: You must major in the field of education and plan to teach in grades K-12; have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; attend a 2 or 4 year college or university in Maryland; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Christa McAuliffee at BCF—One (1) awards up to $2,500 (non-renewable)
Established to honor the ideals and memory of teacher/astronaut Christa McAuliffee, this scholarship is designated for aspiring teachers. The scholarship is open to students graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who plan to attend an accredited Maryland college or univeristy with an approved teacher education program, planning to pursue a teaching career in the State of Maryland. 
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages). 

Harry Z. Isaacs Scholarship at BCF—Two (2) awards up to $6,000 (non-renewable)
Established by the late Harry Z. Isaacs, this scholarship is for the children of employees of I.C. Isaacs & Company and for graduates of Baltimore City public high schools.
Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages). Priority will be given to applicants who have a parent or guardian who is currently employed by I.C. Isaacs & Company and its subsidiaries.

Irvin Ricardo Horne ScholarshipOne (1) $1,000 scholarship (non-renewable)
Established by family and friends in memory of Irvin Ricardo Horne, a social worker and religious man with a generous heart who was talented, well-educated and believed in the importance of a good education.  He was born and raised in Baltimore City and spent most of his college life at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Criteria: You must be a male graduating from high school in Baltimore City; plan to attend the University of Maryland, College Park; demonstrate commitment to community service; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Malkmus Scholarship at BCF—One (1) award up to $500 (Non-renewable)
Created by Jean Malkmus before her death, this scholarship provides awards to students graduating from Baltimore City public high schools that wish to pursue an education in music.
Criteria: You must plan on majoring in music; demonstrate financial need; Demonstrate you are active in your community; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Mildred M. Coughlin Scholarship at BCF—One (1) award up to $2,000 (non-renewable)
Named for a former principal of Western High School, this scholarship is for young women graduating from Western High School.
Criteria: You must be a senior at Western High School in Baltimore City; you must be a female; have a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 3.0; demonstrate financial need; attend a 4 year liberal arts college or university; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Walther H. Feldmann Scholarship at BCF—One (1) award up to $2,000 (non-renewable)
Established in honor of William R. King, a former principal of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, this scholarship is for students enrolled at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute who are in the top 25% of their graduating class of the "A" Course curriculum. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership qualities at school.
Criteria: You must be in the top 25% of the graduating class and participate in the "A" Course curriculum; you must attend Baltimore Polytechnic Institute; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

The WJZ-TV Jerry Turner Broadcast Scholarship at BCF—One (1) award up to $2,500 (non- renewable)
Scholars will be chosen from the following areas: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County or Howard County.  Established to honor the memory of Jerry Turner and celebrate his career in broadcast journalism at station WJZ-TV channel 13 in Baltimore, this scholarship is designated for Maryland residents graduating  who plan to seek a degree in broadcast journalism from an accredited four-year college or university.
Criteria: You must major in broadcast journalism; have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and submit a Merit Essay: Describe your academic and professional goals, why you have chosen them, what you have done to prepare yourself thus far and how college will help (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).