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Scholarships and Academic Honors

Each year the college awards merit- and need-based scholarships to applicants who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise.

With the help of our generous donors, scholarship amounts vary between $500 and $6,000 for an academic year. Some of the awards are renewable through four years of undergraduate study as long as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic performance. New student scholarships are announced mid-April to early May. Continuing student awards are typically awarded in late spring. 

Note: Students can submit applications for 2024-25 starting Monday, February 12, 2024. 

Scholarship information and applications are made available each spring semester and awarded for the following fall semester; the Bridge Scholarship is offered each semester. To be considered for an award, students must be enrolled full-time for both the fall and spring semesters of the 2024-2025 academic year. Students must remain an ARHU major and maintain the GPA requirement for each scholarship. Renewable scholarships are offered for a maximum of 8 consecutive semesters. Scholarship amount is subject to change. Students will be notified via email after applications are reviewed by the scholarship committee. Scholarships and awards will become a part of the student’s financial aid package and are credited directly to the student’s account.

Freshman Scholarships

Freshman Scholarships Overview

Students are considered for these scholarships on the basis of their application submissions to the university and their financial need. In addition to the many scholarships administered through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the College of Arts and Humanities offers the following scholarships for fall semester incoming freshmen.

The deadline for freshman scholarship consideration is Friday, March 8 at 11:59 PM.

 

Freshman Scholarships and Application Requirements

Students can apply for all scholarships below by using this link: 2024 Freshman Scholarships

  • Dean’s Freshmen Scholars: A scholarship for academically talented, well-rounded students awarded for full time students attending the University of Maryland as a declared ARHU major.
  • The Elizabeth Cannon Scholarship: A renewable scholarship for incoming freshmen from Maryland’s Eastern Shore with a declared ARHU major
  • The Humanities Scholars Endowment (donor Charles S. Hirsch): This is a renewable, need-based scholarship for incoming students with a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Himelfarb Scholarship: This is a four-year, need-based scholarship for incoming students with a minimum 3.5 GPA; preference is given to History majors. Note: this award will not be offered to an incoming student for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Departmental Scholarships for Incoming Freshman

Please see individual department websites or talk to your program advisor for additional information on scholarship opportunities.

  • Creative & Performing Arts Awards (CAPA): Awarded to incoming Art, Dance, Music and Theatre majors by audition or portfolio review. Please contact department for additional information.

Incoming Transfer Students

Overview of Scholarships for Incoming Transfer Students

Students are considered for these scholarships on the basis of their application submissions to the university and their financial need. Students transferring to UMD from another institution qualify to apply for the following scholarships.

Incoming Transfer Student Scholarships and Application Requirements

  • ARHU Bridge Scholarship: For first-generation and/or students who are eligible for the University System of Maryland Nonresident Tuition Exemption and/or hold DACA status with the state of Maryland. 
  • Douglas and Holly Jacobs Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to incoming ARHU students transferring from a community college

 

Current Students

Overview of Scholarships for Current Students

Scholarship information and applications are made available each spring semester and awarded for the following fall semester; the Bridge Scholarship is offered each semester. To be considered for an award, students must be enrolled full-time for both the fall and spring semesters of the 2024-2025 academic year. Students must remain an ARHU major and maintain the GPA requirement for each scholarship. Renewable scholarships are offered for a maximum of 8 consecutive semesters. Scholarship amount is subject to change. 

NOTE: Students may submit applications for the 2024-2025 year beginning Monday, February 12. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 29 at 9 PM.

Current Student Scholarships and Application Requirements

  • Arundel Mills Scholarship: For Theatre, Music and/or Dance majors
  • ARHU Bridge Scholarship: For first-generation and/or students who are eligible for the University System of Maryland Nonresident Tuition Exemption and/or hold DACA status with the state of Maryland and/or students who are returning to UMD after a two or more year separation
  • Catherine Mackin Memorial Scholarship: For current first-year ARHU freshmen
  • Catherine Vuozzo Scholarship: For ARHU majors in need of financial assistance
  • Dean’s Fund: For students in Art, Dance, Music, and/or Theatre majors
  • Heyward G. Hill Memorial Scholarship: For ARHU majors interested in a career in international affairs
  • Hugh F. & Glen Hannah Cole Financial Aid Scholarship: For ARHU majors with demonstrated financial need; eligible students will be invited to apply
  • James F. Harris Arts & Humanities Visionary Scholarship: For ARHU majors with outstanding academic achievement
  • Stringer Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship: For Theatre, Music, and/or Dance majors

Departmental Scholarships for Current Students

Please see individual department websites or talk to your program advisor for additional information on scholarship opportunities.​​​​​

  • American StudiesDavid A. Ellis Memorial Scholarship
  • ArabicArabic Flagship Program
  • Art History & ArcheologyThe Mark H. Sandler Endowed Undergraduate Experience Award; The Judith K. Reed Scholarship; The Judith K. Reed Commencement Award; The George Levitine Book Award
  • ChineseAdele Austin Rickett Scholarship; Tsung Chin Chinese Calligraphy Scholarship
  • Department of ArtThe Clarvit Design Scholarship; The Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship; The Department of Art Van Crews Jr. Scholarship; The Paula A. Santen Scholarship
  • Department of Classics:  Avery Scholarship, William & Sylvia Gerber Latin Pedagogy Scholarship, Mildred Steyer Scholarship, Odyssey Scholarships
  • FrenchFrench Cluster Scholarship; Maryland-in-Nice Departmental Scholarship
  • HistoryLandsberg Scholarship
  • Meyerhoff Center for Jewish StudiesFirst-Year Fellowship; Third-Year Fellowship
  • Persian StudiesThe Amouzegar Undergraduate Scholarship in Persian Studies; Persian Flagship Program Scholarship; The Persian Studies Award
  • School of Languages, Literatures, and CulturesDonald Hirsch Scholarship; Dr. Anna Bartsch-Dunne Language House Scholarship; Language Scholarship Fund; Valerie Van Mach Choudhury Endowed Scholarship for Romance Languages  

Be Worldwise. Get Worldready (BWGW) Current Student Engagement Scholarships

BWGW Current Student Engagement Scholarships Overview

As part of the ARHU Be Worldwise. Get Worldready (BWGW) initiative, the college provides scholarships for students engaging in various experiential learning opportunities. These scholarships are available each semester. 

BWGW Current Student Engagement Scholarships Overview